Sect Claims Multiple Attacks On Nigerian City

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DAMATURU, Nigeria (AP) -- A Christian group is accusing Nigeria's government of an ineffective and "cavalier" response to religious violence in which at least 138 people have been killed since Sunday.

The radical Islamist group Boko Haram claims responsibility for attacks aimed at overthrowing what it calls a "heathen government" and replacing it with an Islamic system. The group also claimed responsibility for a trio of church bombings on Sunday.

Despite the violence, President Goodluck Jonathan has gone to Brazil for a U.N. environmental conference.

The Christian Association of Nigeria blasted the president, saying he's done nothing to end the attacks.

The U.S. State Department said Thursday that three Boko Haram leaders will now be regarded as international terrorists. That blocks any assets the men may have in the U.S. and bars Americans from doing business with them.

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

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