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Boko Haram wants wider religious violence, says Nigerian prelate

June 11, 2012

The terrorist group Boko Haram has claimed credit for a new spate of bombings in Nigeria.

A suicide bombing at a Christian church in the central city of Jos was closely followed by a assault in which armed men opened fire on the congregation at Mass in the northeastern city of Biu. At least one person was killed, and dozens seriously wounded, in the attacks.

Archbishop Ayau Kaigama of Jos implored his people not to seek retribution, saying that acts of violence would play into the hands of the terrorists. “Most Muslims are against Boko Haram,” the archbishop said. He voiced his conviction that the terrorist group is trying to bring about widespread violence between Muslims and Christians.


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