Death toll rises from Nigeria church bombings

| December 26, 2011

Jos, Nigeria (CNN) — The death toll from the worst of several church bombings Christmas Day in Nigeria has reached 32, an emergency official told CNN Monday.

Another of the bombings killed at least three people, officials said.

Blasts were reported at churches in five cities Sunday. A day later, details from some areas were still not fully clear.

The extremist Boko Haram sect claimed responsibility, two government officials said.

The group has targeted Christians in the past, as well as those Muslims who the group's members consider insufficiently Islamic.
Deadly bombings in Nigeria on Christmas

The blasts mark the second holiday season that bombs have hit Christian houses of worship in the west African nation.

Olusegun Okebiorun, controller-general of Nigeria's fire service, told CNN Boko Haram claimed responsibility in a message sent to media in Nigeria.

He vowed the government is doing all it can to ensure that such attacks don't occur again.

Government spokesman Reuben Abiti also confirmed that Boko Haram had claimed responsibility.

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