Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Day Bombings Sweep Nigeria, At Least 25 Dead

Voice of America - At least four Christmas Day bombings have been reported in Nigeria, including one during Mass at a Catholic Church near the capital, Abuja, that killed at least 25 people.

The radical Muslim sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the blast at Saint Theresa Catholic Church, which is located in the suburb of Madalla. Witnesses say there was tension after the blast, with angry youths setting up burning barricades, and police trying to disperse them by firing into the air.

The extremist group also said it was behind a bomb attack later at an evangelical Christian church in the central city of Jos. It was unclear if the second blast caused any casualties. A local government official said one police officer was killed, but there were conflicting reports about how he died.

Residents in northeastern Yobe state's town of Gadaka said a blast also struck a church there Christmas services. Also in Yobe state, police in the state capital Damaturu says a car exploded. The target of the attack was not immediately clear.       More