CNN- At least five people were killed in a car bomb blast that leveled a church in Jos, Nigeria, during services Sunday.
Witnesses said a suicide car bomber drove toward several churches in the area before plowing into the Christ Chosen Church of God.
Bruised and bloodied parishioners emerged from the rubble after the blast.
There appeared to be a large number of casualties, including children.
Young people set up checkpoints nearby after an angry crowd drove security officers away from the church.
Many questioned how the car made it past government security checkpoints and into the area.
A March car bomb attack outside a Catholic church in Jos killed six people, according to officials.
In December, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in several northern states following a series of Christmas Day attacks on churches.