Just outside by the nearby church the massive explossion triggered whorshipers celebrating Easter Sunday. A suicide bomber detoned his explossive that killed 38 people in an explossion that rattled a city long at the center of religious, ethnic and political violence in the nation. Injured people were rushed to the hospital for first aid treatment.
The blast occured in Kaduna, a city located about 230 kilometers (140 miles) southwest of Kano, around 8:40 a.m. Witnesses said it appeared the explosive-laden car attempted to go into the compound of the churches before it detonated, but was blocked by barriers in the street and was turned away by a security guard as police approached.
"We were in the holy communion service and I was exhorting my people and all of a sudden, we heard a loud noise that shattered all our windows and doors, destroyed our fans and some of our equipment in the church," Pastor Joshua Raji said.
Pope Benedict XVI condemned the attacked in Nigeria during his Easter speech at the Vatican, Catholic churches have been targeted in previous attacks.
"To Nigeria, which in recent times has experienced savage terrorist attacks, may the joy of Easter grant the strength needed to take up anew the building of a society which is peaceful and respectful of the religious freedom of its citizens," he said.
It was a "horrifict act," according to Britain's Africa Minister Henry Bellingham who also condemned that massive attack on Easter Sunday morning in Nigeria.