17 Jun '12, 5pm

Boko Haram suicide bombers target Nigerian churches

Three suicide bomb attacks on churches has rocked the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing at least 12 people and wounding about 80, officials said, prompting protests in a province that has previously been strained by religious tensions. The first two blasts occurred within minutes of each other and targeted two churches in the city of Zaria, said Kaduna state police chief Mohammed Abubakar Jinjiri. A third blast hit a church in the city of Kaduna about half an hour later. The Zaria attacks killed the bomber and at least one other person and left 51 wounded, said Nigerian Red Cross official Andronicus Adeyemo. The Kaduna attack claimed 10 lives, he said, and wounded 29 people. Jinjiri said security at the three churches prevented the suicide bombers from ramming explosive-laden cars into the buildings filled with worshippers. "If not for security, there would have b...

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