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Death toll rises in Nigeria Easter attacks


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Death toll rises in Nigeria Easter attacks

At least 38 people are said to have died in one of Sunday’s bomb attacks in Nigeria, with the finger of suspicion pointing at the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives on a busy road in Kaduna after his car was reportedly turned away from approaching a church in the area.

As police followed him, the car crashed into another vehicle, causing a massive explosion which showered debris across a wide area. Dozens of others were injured in the blast.

Hours after the bomb in Kaduna, more people were injured in another explosion in the central town of Jos. The state of Kaduna lies close to the dividing line between the largely Christian south and the mostly Muslim north.

The bomb in Kaduna damaged two churches as services were taking place.

Churches have been increasingly targeted on holy days in Nigeria, with Boko Haram often claiming responsibility.

Britain and the US had warned their citizens in Africa’s biggest oil producer that violence was likely during the Easter period.

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