MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- A radical Islamist who was blamed for a deadly Christmas Day church bombing in Nigeria has been killed by security forces, according to a statement attributed to the Boko Haram sect.
The statement says Boko Haram is happy about Habibu Bama's "martyrdom."
Bama had been wanted in connection with the Dec. 25 bombing of St. Theresa Catholic Church near the capital, Abuja, which killed at least 44 people.
The Nigerian government has failed to corral the growing sectarian violence, leading President Goodluck Jonathan Friday to fire the West African nation's security adviser and defense minister.
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