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Nigerians rampage after suicide bombing of church

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 28 October 2012
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October 28, 2012

Rioters rampaged through the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna following a suicide-bomb attack on a Catholic church that left three people – including the bomber – dead on October 28.

Five more people were killed in the subsequent rioting, in which Christian youths targeted people they believed to be Muslims.

According to conflicting reports, as many as 145 people were injured in the explosion and rioting.

AFP reported that a mob set a man on fire after dousing him with gasoline.

They then prevented rescue workers from saving him.

No one has taken responsibility for the church bombing, but the terrorist Boko Haram sect has targeted Christians in the region in the past.

The group has conducted an insurgency since 2009 that has left about 2,800 people dead.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and Reuters

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