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15 killed and dozens wounded in Nigerian church attack

| June 7, 2012 More

A spokesman for Nigeria’s Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed the
explosion, but gave no details. Police officials could not be immediately
reached for comment.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, though the blast
comes as Nigeria faces a growing wave of sectarian violence carried out by a
radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram. Boko Haram, whose name means “Western
education is sacrilege” in the Hausa language of Nigeria’s Muslim
north, has been blamed for killing more than 530 people this year alone.

The sect’s targets have included churches, often attacked by suicide car
bombers.

Boko Haram, which speaks to journalists through telephone conference calls at
times of its choosing, could not be immediately reached for comment Sunday.
The group has been largely quiet since claiming a suicide car bombing and
another attack at offices of the Nigerian newspaper ThisDay on April 26 that
killed at least seven people.

Nigeria, a nation of more than 160 million people, is split between a largely
Muslim north and Christian south.

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