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At least 25 dead in explosion at church in Nigeria
At least 25 dead after explosion at church near Nigeria's capital; 2nd church blast in Jos
By The Associated Press

MADALLA, Nigeria (AP) ' An emergency management official says at least 25 people have died in an explosion during Christmas Mass at a church near Nigeria's capital.

Slaku Luguard of Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency tells The Associated Press that 25 bodies were collected at the scene of the blast at St. Theresa Catholic Church near Abuja. Luguard said the blast happened during the church's Christmas Mass.

Luguard said officials still were working to determine how many people were injured the blast.



A second explosion occurred later in the central Nigerian city of Jos. No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, though they are coming during a series of sectarian attacks by a radical Muslim sect known as Boko Haram.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

JOS, Nigeria (AP) ' A government official says a second explosion has struck near a church in Nigeria, this time targeting a church in the restive central Nigerian city of Jos.

Government spokesman Pam Ayuba told The Associated Press the blast struck Sunday near the Mountain of Fire Church. Ayuba said gunshots followed the blast and at least one police officer was wounded.

Ayuba said he didn't have any other details about the blast and did not know the cause of the explosion.

The blast comes after another explosion in a town near Nigeria's capital killed at least 10 people and wounded others.

There was no immediately claim of responsibility for either explosion, but Nigeria has suffered a wave of sectarian attacks blamed on a radical Muslim sect known as Boko Haram.


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