Nigeria: Boko Haram target Jos Church

2012-02-27 Vatican Radio

A suicide car bomber killed three people and wounded 38 near a church on Sunday in this central Nigerian city where hundreds have been killed in religious and ethnic violence.
The radical Islamist sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack on the main headquarters of the Church of Christ in Nigeria that hit as worshipers took part in an early morning service. Following the attack Christian youths went on rampage in the city beating two people to death.
Also Sunday a bomb exploded near a church on the edge of the capital Abuja, wounding five people, while in the northeastern city Gombe, police detonated two bombs planted at the police barracks.
The attacks and assaults against Christians, police and public offices in Nigeria’s north, are widening distrust between members of the two main religious groups in Nigeria, a multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people.
The violence, though fractured across religious lines, often has more to do with local politics, economics and rights to grazing lands.