In the town of Kaduna in northern Nigeria at least 18 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack. Its understood the bomber was trying to reach a church but was stopped.
An attack on Christmas Day last year which killed dozens was the work of Boko Haram. The group is loosely styled on Afghanistan’s Taliban. Though not confirmed its believed they are behind the latest bombing.
The movement had said it would carry out attacks over Easter and security had been stepped up.
Coordinated attacks by the radical Islamist group killed 186 in January in Nigeria’s second biggest city Kano. The sect says it wants its imprisoned members released and Islamic law applied throughout Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation.
In Kano authorities have deployed trucks of soldiers and a helicopter to try and prevent a repeat of the attacks.