11 killed in Nigeria church blasts during Christmas prayers (Lead)December 25th, 2011 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS
Abuja/London, Dec 25 (IANS) At least 11 people were killed and many more injured after bomb blasts targetted Christmas Day church services in two Nigerian cities, BBC reported.
Some 10 people died and more were hurt during an attack at St Theresa’s Church in Madalla city near Nigeria’s capital Abuja.
The Islamist group Boko Haram claimed reponsibility for the attack, which came amid deadly violence between Islamist gunmen and soldiers in northern Nigeria.
A second explosion shortly afterwards hit a church in the central city of Jos, killing at least one person.
Boko Haram is known for targetting security forces and state institutions, it carried out an August 2011 suicide attack on the UN headquarters in Abuja, in which over 20 people were killed.
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