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Nigeria: Christmas attacks death toll rises to 42

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- A hospital official says one more person has died of injuries after a Christmas Day blast outside a church near Nigeria's capital, bringing the death toll from Christmas attacks to 42.

An official who asked not to be named because he is not permitted to speak to the press said Friday that a victim died late Thursday after Sunday's blast outside a church.

A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency reported 37 deaths as of Thursday evening in the blast near Abuja.

Four more people were killed in other Christmas violence blamed on a radical Muslim sect that wants to impose Shariah law in Africa's most populous nation.

The Boko Haram sect claimed responsibility for the explosion that struck St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, a town near the capital.

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