BREAKING NEWS: Explosion rocks Bauchi church, at least 12 dead

Reports from Bauchi say an explosion has occurred at the Living Faith Church around Yelwa Tudu area of the metropolis.

We are unable to get confirm exact casualty figure at this time but the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ladan, told Aljazeera TV that at least eight people were killed.

He also described the blast as a suicide attack.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack but security agents believe it has the imprimatur of the extremist Boko Haram sect.

The National Emergency Management Agency, which does not have an office in the state, has confirmed the incident, saying it has mobilised response agencies to the scene for rescue and evacuation of victims to hospitals.

The blast in Bauchi occured just as the Police in Gombe were confirming the killing of a retired civil servant, Tijjani Magaji, 43, of Idi Dawaki quarters in Gombe by unknown gunmen on Saturday in Gombe.  

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Fwaje Atajiri, said in Gombe early Sunday that Mr. Magaji was shot dead around 7.30 p.m on Saturday.  

According to him, two of the gunmen came on motorcycle, shot the deceased and fled the scene.

He said police were still investigating the matter and that no arrest had been made.  

A resident of the quarters, who preferred anonymity, said he witnessed the incident, adding that the gunmen fired close-range shots at Mr. Magaji.

The deceased was a civil servant in Gombe Local Government before he left the service for business.

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