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Nigerian churches burned; Boko Haram suspected

Catholic World News - June 17, 2013

Four Christian churches in northern Nigeria were bombed and burned over the weekend, in attacks attributed to the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, the president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference, told the Fides news service that the Nigerian army had moved in to the area in the northern Borno state, bringing a greater sense of security to the population, after the attacks on churches, which were followed by the looting of stored food and livestock.

The raids were likely the work of Boko Haram units, in coordination with Islamist groups that have been ousted from neighboring Mali, the archbishop said. He called for a “regional approach” to the violence, in which authorities from Nigeria, Niger, and Mail would work together against the Islamic militants.

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