It should be a day of goodwill and peace to all men but sadly a series of explosions hit Nigeria on Christmas Day leaving several dead and others injured.

The first attack came as church goers met for a prayer service at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Abuja.  There were also explosions in Damaturu and at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church, according to Channel 4. says that its citizen reporters counted 20 bodies and that ten vehicles were destroyed.  Other reports put the death toll at up to 35.  Boko Haram, an Islamist militant group, which is said to be responsible for 450 deaths in Nigeria in 2011, said that they carried out the suicide attack.

Commenting on the news from Nigeria, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

“I condemn today’s bomb attacks in or near churches in Nigeria. These are cowardly attacks on families gathered in peace and prayer to celebrate a day which symbolises harmony and goodwill towards others. I offer my condolences to the bereaved and injured.”


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