Dec. 25 - A series of blasts in Nigeria targeting churches kills at least 27 people. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A series of Christmas Day bomb attacks targeting churches in Nigeria has killed at least 27. people. The Islamist sect Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the bombings Boko Haram, which wants to impose Islamic sharia law across the country split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims, has escalated its tactics this year and increased the sophistication of the explosives it uses. Rights groups say more than 250 people have been killed by Boko Haram since July 2010. President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the south who is struggling to contain the threat of Islamist militancy, called the incidents "unfortunate" but said Boko Haram would "not be (around) for ever. It will end one day." Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters