Over 30 Christian Shops Burnt in Nigeria After Horrifying Christmas Attacks

hcsp.jpgMore violence is expected in Nigeria, where an Islamist terror group killed 39 on Christmas Day, pushing many citizens to flee the targeted cities Monday, reports say.

After the deadly attacks on churches in five cities across the country Sunday (another church was reportedly bombed in the northeast on Christmas Eve, but no one was reported killed), Nigerians are gripped by fear. Thirty-nine people died in the sieges (40, according to some reports), including 35 in Madalla, a town near the capital, Abuja. In another bombing in a church in Jos, one other person has also reportedly been killed. Bombs also targeted churches in the cities of Kano, Damaturu and Gadaka.
Reports project a high likelihood of renewed attacks, especially after 30 Christian shops were burned down later the same day of the church bombings in the northeastern city of Potiskum, Agence France Presse reported.
Hundreds of residents sought to flee the violence-torn city of Damaturu on Monday fearing further attacks and clashes between Islamists and police, according to AFP.
The coordinated attacks on churches were reportedly conducted by a radical Islamic terror group, Boko Haram. Nigeria has seen many attacks claimed by this group, but some analysts said the bombings marked a dangerous escalation in a country.
The attacks were condemned by church and secular leaders across the globe.
Source: The Christian Post | Luiza Oleszczuk