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Boko Haram Claims Deadly Nigeria Church Attacks

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Nigeria's militant Islamic sect Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for two church attacks on Sunday that killed 3 people and wounded 41.


During a conference call hours after the attacks, a spokesman for Boko Haram, Abul Qaqa, told reporters the group was responsible.


The first attack took place in the central city of Jos, where a suicide bomber detonated his car outside of a church.  Local officials say two people were killed and 41 wounded.  Christian youths assaulted local Muslims in retaliation.  Jos is in Nigeria's "middle belt," which divides the country's mostly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south.


The second attack took place in the city of Biu in northeastern Borno state.  Witnesses say gunmen opened fire during a church service, killing at least 1 person.


Boko Haram does not recognize Nigeria's government or constitution and says it is fighting to establish a strict Islamic state.


Authorities say the radical sect is responsible for similar attacks that have killed scores of people, mostly in the north.


Nigeria is Africa's most populous nations with about 150 million people, divided roughly between Muslims and Christians.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: Alfred Cossi Chodaton from: Benin (Republic)
June 11, 2012 3:32 AM
We cannot understand what is all this killing about. Boko Haram is not African. It has nothing making it look like African; but even in Afghanistan Taliban do not kill their countrymen and women for the sake of ethnic domination. Taliban kill for wanting an Islamic state but neither Islam nor Christianity is originated from African. Why do you kill your brothers and sisters for something that is not yours and that had been used in the past to oppress and enslave your ancestors? Arab Muslims started slave trade in Africa earlier than Europeans. Stop this!!!

June 10, 2012 5:41 PM
I think it is time the United Nations steps into this barbaric atrocities and slaughtering of innocent souls in the name of religion in Nigeria. Failure which might spread to other nations across the globe. This is one of the most blatant abuse of human right presently going on in the world. The fact is nobody has the mandate among us to fight for God, Allah or whatever name they hide under.

by: allahuakbar from:
June 10, 2012 11:57 AM
do you have to mention muslim? kind of goes without saying. who else slaughters Christians?

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