Britain condemns 'cowardly' Nigeria Christmas attacks

25th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Sunday condemned "cowardly" bomb attacks on churches during Christmas services in Nigeria that killed at least 28 people.

"I condemn today's bomb attacks in or near churches in Nigeria," Hague said in a statement.

"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."

A purported spokesman for Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the deadliest bombing, which happened near a church outside the Nigerian capital Abuja, killing 27 people.

A bomb blast later outside an evangelical church hundreds of miles (kilometres) away in the central city of Jos killed a policeman.

Another explosion targeted a church in the northeastern area of Gadaka on Christmas Eve without killing anyone, while two other blasts hit the northeastern city of Damaturu on Christmas Day.

© 2011 AFP

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