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Bishop: 20 Nigerian churched razed in attacks

05 March 2014, 10:17

Maiduguri - A Catholic bishop says Islamic insurgents have destroyed 20 churches in north-eastern Nigeria in recent attacks.

Bishop Oliver Dashe Dome says that 500 of his parishioners have been killed since insurgency in the region began in 2009. At least 180 people have been killed in less than two weeks, including 60 children.

Boko Haram insurgents advocate a harsh version of Islamic law and have threatened the Christian minority in northern Nigeria in the past. However, their victims have also been Muslim.

Three north-eastern Nigerian states have been under emergency rule for over nine months.

Dome blames authorities for the carnage, saying Boko Haram is better armed than Nigeria's military and expressing concern about the speed and rate of killings.

- AP


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