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Dozens die in violence in Nigeria

JOS, Nigeria — Explosions in central Nigeria killed 32 people, and six others died in attacks by Muslim sect members on two churches in the north, officials said Saturday.

Police spokesman Mohammed Lerama said 32 people died and at least 74 were injured in four bomb blasts Friday night that went off in close succession in different parts of Jos in central Nigeria — a region violently divided between Christians and Muslims.

Manasie Phampe, the Red Cross secretary in Jos, gave slightly different figures, saying 52 people were injured.

Religious violence has claimed more than 500 lives this year in Jos and neighboring areas.

Nobody had claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks in Jos.

Nigeria, a country of 150 million, is almost evenly split between Muslims in the north and the predominantly Christian south.

Also Friday, six people died in attacks on two churches in the north. A state police chief said members of a Muslim sect, Boko Haram, attacked two churches at opposite ends of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

Dozens die in violence in Nigeria 12/25/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:44pm]
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