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President vows to seek justice after Christmas Eve attacks

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-12-26

A series of Christmas Eve attacks in Nigeria have left 32 people dead. Authorities believe the attacks were political, with the aim of sparking sectarian unrest.

Reuters - Explosions in Nigeria's central region killed 32 people on Christmas Eve and six people died in attacks on two churches in the northeast of Africa's most populous nation, officials said on Saturday.

On Friday night, a series of bombs were detonated during Christmas Eve celebrations in villages near the central city of Jos, killing at least 32 people while 74 were in a critical condition, the state police commissioner said.

 
Nigeria's army chief said the blasts were not part of  religious clashes which flare up sporadically as tensions bubble under the surface in a country where the population is split roughly equally between Muslims and Christians.
 
"It (Jos explosions) was caused by a series of bomb blasts. That is terrorism, it's a very unfortunate incident," Azubuike Ihejirika said in the southern city of Port Harcourt.
 
President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday condemned the attacks and sent his condolences to the families of the victims.
 
"I assure all Nigerians that we shall unearth those behind the Jos bomb explosion and apprehend them to face the law," Jonathan said in the capital Abuja.
 
The attacks come at a difficult time for Jonathan, who is in running a controversial campaign ahead of the ruling party's primaries on Jan. 13.
 
A ruling party pact says that power within the People's Democratic Party (PDP) should rotate between the mostly Muslim north and largely Christian south every two terms.
 
Jonathan is a southerner who inherited office when President Umaru Yar'Adua, a northerner, died during his first term this year and some northern factions in the ruling party are opposed to his candidacy.
 
Jonathan faces a challenge from former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for the ruling party nomination, and some fear any unrest in Africa's most populous nation will be exploited by rivals during campaigning.
 
"What happened (in Jos) was not religious it was political ... the aim of the masterminds is to pit Christians against Muslims and start another round of violence," the governor of Plateau state said.
 
 
 
 

 

 

Date created : 2010-12-25

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