21 Killed In Attacks On Churches In Nigeria

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Two churches become sites of suicide bombers

Residents of the Sabongari area in northern Nigerian city of Zaria watch billows of smoke from explosions at the Christ the King Catholic Cathedral following a suicide bomb attack during church service on Sunday.

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) -- Suicide bombers have killed 21 people in attacks on three more churches in Nigeria during Sunday services.

It was the third Sunday in a row that deadly attacks have been carried out against Christian congregations in northern Nigeria. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the latest attacks, but suspicion fell on the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram because it took responsibility for the two earlier weekend assaults.

On Sunday, the suicide bombers drove explosive-laden cars to the gates of two churches in different parts of the city of Zaria and detonated them within minutes of each other. A similar attack targeted a church in the city of Kaduna about half an hour later, prompting reprisals by Christian youths.

For now, Christian leaders in the north are encouraging Christians to keep attending Sunday services.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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