weather icon Partly Cloudy

Suicide bomber wounds 8 churchgoers in Nigeria

KADUNA, Nigeria — A suicide bomber blew himself up at the gates of a church in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Gombe during a New Year service, wounding eight people, an official for Nigeria’s Red Cross told Reuters on Thursday.

“This morning while people were in church for the New Year worship, a suicide attacker rode on a motorcycle trying to gain entrance to the premises of the church. When he was stopped at the gates by the church guards…he blew himself up and injured eight people,” the official said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sunni jihadist group Boko Haram, waging an insurgency to establish an Islamist state, is mainly focused on the three northeastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe but frequently set off bombs in other states targeting civilians.

This is the second attack in two days in state capital Gombe and the fourth attack in two months. The city’s military barracks were attacked by a suicide bomber on New Year’s Eve.

On Dec. 22 two explosions in northern Nigeria – one of them in Gombe – killed at least 20 people.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
PG&E reaches $13.5 billion settlement from 2017-2018 wildfires

Pacific Gas and Electric announced Friday it has reached a tentative $13.5 billion settlement resolving all major claims related to the deadly, devastating Northern California wildfires of 2017-2018 that were blamed on its outdated equipment and negligence.

Driven by an unexpected virus, US flu season arrives early

An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.

Navy base shooter Saudi Arabian aviation student, officials say

Authorities say an active shooter and three other people are dead after he opened fire on multiple people Friday at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Eleven people were shot.

266K jobs added in Oct.; unemployment falls to 50-year low of 3.5%

The unemployment rate declined to 3.5% in October, matching a half-century low, the Labor Department reported Friday. And wages rose a solid 3.1% in November compared with a year ago.