A suicide car bomber killed three people and wounded 38 near a church in Jos, Nigeria on Sunday.

The Associarted Press reported that the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the bombing, the latest in a series of religiously motivated attacks which have killed hundreds in the central Nigerian city.

Worshipers at one the Church of Christ's main headquarters were hit as they took part in an early morning service.

The attack has, according to the BBC, sparked a series of reprisals by Christian youths, with reports at least two Muslims were killed in subsequent rioting.

Those who seek to divide us by fear and terror will not succeed, President Goodluck Jonathan said in a statement.

The indiscriminate bombing of Christians and Muslims is a threat to all peace-loving Nigerians.

According to eyewitnesses the suicide bomber killed a woman as he smashed his car through gates, driving it into the church.

The BBC reported the explosion killed a man and his child.

According to the Agence France Presse news agency, Boko Haram intended to, avenge the killings and dehumanization of Muslims in Jos in the past 10 years.

The latest attack comes after Boko Haram attacks on a string of Nigerian churches on Christmas Day 2011 that killed nearly 40 people.