A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives on Sunday outside a church in central Nigeria as gunmen attacked another church in the nation's northeast, killing at least three people and wounding dozens of others in the latest religious violence in a country under increasing assault by a radical Islamist sect, witnesses said.

In Jos, a city on the uneasy dividing line between Nigeria's largely Muslim north and Christian south, the car bomber drove into the Evangelical Church Winning All chapel, said a Christian advocacy group called the Stefanos Foundation.

Meanwhile in Biu, a city in northeast Borno state, gunmen opened fire during a service at an EYN church, an acronym that means “Church of the Brethen in Nigeria” in the local Hausa language of Nigeria's north, witnesses said.

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