Boko Haram rejoices in atrocities19 June 2012
The Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for bomb attacks carried out on churches in four cities in northern Nigeria on Sunday morning.
The death toll from Sunday's attacks on two churches in the city of Zaria and one in the state capital, Kaduna, and subsequent reprisal attacks stands at 74, with a further 130 people injured. More than half of the dead are thought to have been killed in reprisals.
Boko Haram said: "Allah has given us victory in the attacks we launched against churches in Kaduna and Zaria which resulted in the deaths of many Christians and security personnel," said the Boko Haram statement.
After the attacks mobs roamed streets of Kaduna city with machetes and clubs and torched at least three mosques as well as petrol stations and vehicles.
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