Official: 36 dead, 101 injured in Nigeria blasts


Bomb attacks on five churches in Nigeria’s Kaduna State and subsequent rioting by Christian youths targeting Muslims killed at least 36 people and injured 101 others Sunday, according to latest official confirmations.

Police said 16 people died after blasts at three churches, while a Red Cross official in Kaduna city told AFP that aid workers “so far have recovered over 20 bodies” of people killed by rioters. Most were “burned beyond recognition,” he added.

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Earlier, the official had put the death toll at 21.

“Latest figures from medical personnel on the total deaths from the bombings and protests are 21 deaths and 101 injured,” said an official from the National Emergency Management Agency who requested anonymity.

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