Women run from the scene of a bombing at St. Finbar Catholic Church in a suburb of the Nigerian city of Jos March 11. The bomb detonated as worshippers attended the final Mass of the day.

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Women run from the scene of a bombing at St. Finbar Catholic Church in a suburb of the Nigerian city of Jos March 11. The bomb detonated as worshippers attended the final Mass of the day.

March 19, 2012

A suicide car bomber attacked a Catholic Church as Mass was being celebrated, killing three people and sending dozens of worshippers fleeing into the streets, officials said.

Seven others died in retaliatory rioting that erupted March 11 in the central Nigeria city of Jos, authorities reported.

On Sunday evening, gunmen killed three Christians in a village south of the city, said Pam Ayuba, Plateau state spokesman.

She said officials did not believe the shootings were connected to the violence at St. Finbar Church earlier in the day.

The incidents are the most recent in a decade-long conflict among Christians and Muslims that has claimed thousands of lives in and around Jos.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.