Three churches bombed in northern Nigeria's Kaduna state


Attacks on churches are not uncommon in Nigeria. Above is the debris from a blast at the Holy Cross Church in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna in November 2002.


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Three churches were bombed in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state today, injuring scores of people.

The bombs hit churches in the neighboring cities of Zaria and Kaduna, Agence France-Presse reported

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Dozens of worshippers were injured, according to AFP. It was not immediately known if there were any casualties in the attacks.

Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the blasts happened in the Wusasa and Sabongari districts of Zaria.

While it is not clear who was behind the attack, churches in central and northern Nigeria have become regular targets of radical Islamist sect Boko Haram.

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"Recently, hardly a Sunday goes by without reports of churches being attacked in Nigeria," the BBC reported.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sin,” wants Shariah law more widely applied in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and top oil producer.

The group has been blamed for killing more than 1,000 people since 2009.

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