Nigerian sect claims responsibility for church attacks
ABUJA, June 18 (Xinhua) — The dreaded Boko Haram sect on Monday claimed responsibility for the multiple attacks on churches in Nigeria’s Kaduna State, in which at least 10 people were killed and 41 others injured.
In a statement, the radical sect explained that it attacked the churches to avenge past killings of Islam faithful as well as the desecration of Muslim praying ground by turning them to pubs and brothels in the state.
“Today, Almighty Allah has given us victory against Christian Churches in Kaduna which led to the deaths of many Christians and security operatives,” the sect said, claiming that Christians in Nigeria have also been supporting the government against them.
The group said attacks against women and children will continue in the West African country because security operatives in Nigeria have recently arrested their wives and children.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian army said one of its officers, a sergeant, died in the bomb attack on one of the three churches in the northwestern state of Kaduna.
State spokesperson of the army Col. Usman Sheka confirmed the death to reporters, saying the attackers hit the officer on guard duty at the Shalom Pentecostal Church, Bypass axis of the state.
Jun 18, 2012