A car bomb has exploded in the town of Kaduna in northern Nigeria, killing at least 38 people and injuring scores of others.
The Sunday blast happened after Nigerian security forces stopped a car from approaching a church in the town of Kaduna. No group or person has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
The bomber was stopped at a checkpoint near the church and turned back, but drove to a nearby area close to a hotel and detonated the bomb, according to a police officer at the scene.
The Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks on churches and other locations in Nigeria since 2009.
Human rights groups report that violence by the militant group since mid-2009 has claimed more than 1,000 lives, including more than 300 this year alone.
Boko Haram’s deadliest attack was in the northern city of Kano on January 20, when coordinated bombings and shootings left at least 185 people dead.
The group also carried out a car bombing that killed at least 18 people at the United Nations headquarters in Abuja in August 2011.