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Easter bombings claim 50 lives in Nigeria

Abuja, April 8 (PTI): At least 50 people were killed when explosives concealed in two cars went off near a church during Easter Sunday services in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, eye witnesses said. Shehu Sani, the president of Civil Rights Congress based in Kaduna, said two explosions took place at the Assemblies of God’s Church near the centre of the city with a large Christian population and known as a major cultural and economic centre in Nigeria’s north.  “There were two explosions and the casualty figure may go up because some injuries were really critical,” he said on phone. Another resident of the city, Miss Blessing Audu told PTI that the explosion has caused panic among Christians celebrating Easter. She said some parts of the church were damaged even as the vibration caused by the explosives were heard in several parts of the city.  An emergency worker on condition of anonymity explained that the bombs were planted in two cars near the church.

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