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Christmas attacks in Nigeria kill 39


LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- At least 39 people have been killed in the terror attacks that were carried out across Nigeria today by a radical Muslim sect.

   Most of the victims died on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass. Authorities acknowledged that they weren't able to bring enough emergency medical personnel to care for the wounded outside St. Theresa Catholic Church, near Nigeria's capital.

   Elsewhere, a bomb exploded amid gunfire in a city in central Nigeria. And a suicide car bomber attacked the military in Nigeria's northeast.

   The Christmas Day violence highlighted the threat of the growing insurrection from the Muslim group, Boko Haram, against Nigeria's weak central government -- despite a recent paramilitary crackdown against the group.

   Boko Haram has carried out increasingly violent attacks in a campaign to implement strict Islamic law across Nigeria. It's a multi-ethnic nation of more than 160 million people.

   The group is responsible for more than 500 killings this year alone.

   A year ago, a series of Christmas Eve bombings killed more than 30 people in one of the cities that was targeted again today.

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