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Monday, June 18, 2012

Attacks on churches and reprisals cause 45 dead in Nigeria

The attacks on three churches in northern Nigeria on Sunday, and the wave of reprisals from Christians against Muslims that followed caused the death of at least 45 people, with the authorities expect the number of victims is even higher. "This balance will increase as we reach the most current information," stated a charge of rescue teams in the region of Kaduna, shortly after local authorities have declared a curfew for 24 hours. The attacks, all suicide attacks and has not claimed , aimed at the Cathedral of Christ the King Catholic and an evangelical church in the city of Zaria, and yet another Christian church in Kaduna, with an interval of about an hour. At least 20 people died in those locations, according to the first results of the authorities, which suspect the action of the radical Islamist Boko Haram, which keeps a campaign of violent attacks against Christian communities in Nigeria. A few hours after the attacks multitudes of Christians in anger, overwhelmingly young, were launched in retaliation against Muslims in the suburbs of Kaduna, a mainly Christian population. correspondent French news agency AFP described seeing the bodies of at least ten people lynched in these riots. The main road from Kaduna towards the federal capital, Abuja, was blocked by groups of Christians, yet advanced to the same source.

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