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Nigeria: dozens dead, churches damaged in bomb blast

Catholic World News - April 09, 2012

A car bomb exploded near two Protestant churches in the north-central Nigerian city of Kaduna, damaging the churches and killing at least three dozen people. The Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram (“Western education is a sin”) is suspected in the attack.

“We were in the holy communion service and I was exhorting my people and all of a sudden, we heard a loud noise that shattered all our windows and doors, destroyed our fans and some of our equipment in the church,” Pastor Joshua Raji said of the Easter attack.

Hours later, in Benue State in predominantly Christian southern Nigeria, a Catholic parish collapsed amid heavy wind and rain. At least 22 of the 3,000 worshippers perished.

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