A series of bombings by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram aimed at churches across the country Nigeria has claimed the lives of 40 people right in the Christmas holidays.
Boko Haram, terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attacks on those who have been influenced by western Nigeria on land. Known as the "Taliban of Nigeria", this organization has become a concern of the West and the Department of British intelligence, for allegedly killing 500 people this year.
The first explosion occurred at St. Theresa Catholic Church in the town Madalla, 25 miles from the capital Abuja, has claimed the lives of 35 people and wounded dozens. Nnana Nwachukwu, witnesses recalled the incident: "The Mass has ended, people rushed out of the church and suddenly I heard a huge explosion. The car caught fire and bodies scattered everywhere. " Nwachukwu said the explosion occurred in the road outside the church.
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Other witnesses said a church roof collapsed because of the terrible destructive power of the explosion. The surrounding houses were also destroyed, while many cars parked along the road on fire.
The bombing occurred Monday in Jos, a city located in adjacent areas between the Christian south and Muslim north of Nigeria. Thousands died in this city for over a decade because of religious clashes. Christmas Eve last year, the city of Jos was also rocked by a bomb, killing of 32 civilians.
The next two explosions occurred in the northeastern city of Damaturu, including a suicide bombing claimed the lives of three people. The explosion next to the church in Gadaka, northeastern Nigeria, but luckily no one died.
The case has caused the situation in Nigeria becomes turbulent, thousands of angry young men have set up barriers on the highway linking the capital Abuja with the north country, where most Muslims live.
Immediately, the UK, U.S. and Vatican have condemned the attacks that the Nigerian authorities identified as previously planned. British Foreign Secretary William Hague called it the "cowardly attack", while the U.S. Embassy in Abuja issued the warning, "especially vigilant around churches and other places regularly frequented by tourists ". Vatican is considering this action "blind hatred" against Christians.
According to sources from the Nigerian government, the organizational element of Haram Bako also allegedly carried out the attack before Christmas this year, making a total of 61 people were killed and many wounded.
Also Christmas Eve two years ago, Umar Farouq Abulmutallab, an alumnus of the University of Nigeria London (UK) tried to detonate the bomb hidden in his underwear on a flight across the Atlantic to Detroit but failed and arrested.