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Monday, January 3, 2011

Nigeria's Christians condemn ongoing attacks

The largest Christian body in Nigeria issued a statement Friday that condemned the recent attacks against Christians that began Christmas weekend.

In the past week, six people were killed in assaults on churches in the northern town of Maiduguri on Christmas Eve and a series of bombings in Jos killed at least 32 people the same day. But sectarian conflicts that resulted from the Jos bombings have raised the death toll to more than 80 people.

On Thursday, another eight people were killed, including three policemen, by suspected Islamists in Maiduguri.

"These acts of violence and arson against peace loving and law abiding Christians and our churches ... must stop now as churches are not political/party offices," stated the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in a statement.

The group added, "There is a limit to human tolerance.”

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