Nigeria Attacks Leave Dozens of Christians Dead

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A mob attacked and killed six Christians in the central African nation of Nigeria on Christmas Eve. The incident took place in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, which is mostly Muslim.

According to the Associated Press, the mob dragged a pastor from his home and shot him to death. The assailants also killed two members of the church choir and set the church building on fire.

"I cannot understand these attacks," said Danjuma Akawu, the church's secretary. "Why Christians? Why Christians? The police have failed to protect us."

Meanwhile, in the city of Jos, where Muslim-Christian violence has killed thousands in recent years, at least 32 people died and more than 50 injured when bombs ripped through a marketplace on Friday.

Jean Ping, the African Union Commission's Chairman, expressed shock and sadness at the explosions in Jos and the church attacks in Maiduguri.

"He condemns in the strongest terms these cowardly terrorist attacks, which cannot be justified under any circumstances," Ping said a statement released by his office Sunday.

Religious violence has already claimed the lives of 500 people this year in Jos and neighboring towns and villages.

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