Several people dead after two church attacks
Militants attacked two churches in Nigeria yesterday, spraying one congregation with bullets, killing several people, and blowing up a car in a suicide bombing at the other.
Forty-one people were injured, witnesses said. No one was killed by the car-bombing in the central city of Jos, but mobs of youths attacked bystanders in retaliation, killing two, police said.
There was no admission of responsibility. Attacks on churches have become a trademark tactic of Islamist group Boko Haram, which says it is fighting to reinstate an ancient Muslim caliphate in northern Nigeria.
The first attack was at the church in Biu Town in northeastern Borno state.
In the second attack, in Jos, the police commissioner for Plateau state, told journalists that 41 people were being treated in a local hospital. – (Reuters)