Nigeria Church Bombs: Militants Boko Haram Claim Attacks During Christmas Services

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“We are presently there, evacuating the dead and the injured but unfortunately we don’t have enough ambulances.

A damaged crucifix and structure at the scene of a car bomb explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja

Damage after the explosion at St Theresa Catholic church at Madala

“Most of our ambulances have gone to operate on the major highways of the country.”

It was followed by another blast near the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church, 150 miles away in the city of Jos. There were also explosions in the nation’s north east.

A police officer was killed when gunmen opened fire on officers guarding the area around the Jos bombing, a government spokesman said.

Two other locally made explosives were found in a nearby building and disarmed, he added.

A damaged car after the bomb attack in explosion at St Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja

A car peppered with shrapnel after the attack at Madala

There were two blasts in the north eastern city of Damaturu, one of them a suicide car bombing.

Local police commissioner Tanko Lawan said the headquarters of Nigeria’s secret police in the area was the target of the car bomb. There is no immediate information on casualties.

Foreign Secretary William Hague voiced his concern about the “cowardly attacks on families gathered in peace and prayer”.

“I condemn today’s bomb attacks in or near churches in Nigeria,” he said. “These are cowardly attacks on families gathered in peace and prayer to celebrate a day which symbolises harmony and goodwill towards others.

“I offer my condolences to the bereaved and injured.”

Map of Nigeria with areas affected by the bomb incidents

A series of incidents were reported across Nigeria

Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the August suicide bombing of the UN HQ in Abuja that killed at least 24 people.

The sect wants to introduce strict Shariah law across Nigeria, an oil-rich nation of more than 160 million people.

The north of the country is predominantly Muslim, while the south has a mainly Christian population. The Jos area, where north meets south, is mixed.

The Foreign Office


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