Easter church services in Nigeria were the likely intended target of a deadly suicide car bomber who struck in the capital of Kaduna state.
After being turned away Sunday by a security guard, the terrorist set off his explosives in the street, killing at least 38 people.
The force of the explosion damaged the nearby All Nations Christian Assembly Church and the Good News Church.
"We were in the Holy Communion service and I was exhorting my people, and all of a sudden we heard a loud noise that shattered all our windows and doors, destroyed our fans and some of our equipment in the church," Pastor Joshua Raji recalled.
Meanwhile, gunmen in northern Nigeria with possible ties to the Islamic sect Boko Haram shot at a policeman and his family Sunday, killing his 6-year-old daughter.
More than 380 people have been killed in violence blamed on the radical Islamic group.