Two bomb explosions targeting Christmas morning church services in Nigeria have left at least 25 people dead, officials said, in what appears to be a series of co-ordinated attacks in the heart of the country.
The first attack occurred near a Catholic church in Madala, on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital Abuja, during morning prayers. Rescue workers have recovered at least 25 bodies from the church as officials continue to tally those wounded in various hospitals, said Slaku Luguard, a co-ordinator with Nigeria’s national emergency management agency (Nema).
A second explosion was reported 100 miles away outside a church in the city of Jos, the scene of a bombing campaign on Christmas Eve last year. Government spokesman Pam Ayuba said the blast near the Mountain of Fire Church was followed by gunshots and that at least one police officer had been wounded.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but Nigerian security forces have been battling the militant Islamist Boko Haram group, which wants to impose Islamic sharia law across the country, which is split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims.
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