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Christians flee one of Nigeria’s state capitals

Catholic World News - November 09, 2011

Following attacks that left more than 100 dead, nearly all Christians have fled Damaturu, the capital of one of Nigeria’s 36 states. The Islamist organization Boko Haram (“Western education is a sin”), which seeks the imposition of sharia in Nigeria, has claimed responsibility for the November 4 attacks.

15% of the nation’s 146.5 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics. 50% are Muslim, 25% are Protestant, and 10% retain indigenous beliefs.

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