Nigerian Christmas bomb death toll rises to 37.
ABUJA - The death toll from a bomb attack on a church just
outside Nigeria's capital Abuja on
Christmas Day has
risen to 37, with 57 people wounded, a source at the
National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Friday.
The bombing at St.
Theresa's Catholic church
in Madalla on Abuja's outskirts during a packed Christmas
mass was the deadliest of a series of Christmas attacks on
Nigerian churches and other targets by the militant Islamist
sect Boko Haram.
"As of just now, the latest death toll from the bombing of
St. Theresa's church is at 37. Wounded, we have 57," a
senior NEMA official said. The initial death toll had been
The official asked not to be identified because the victims
were now in the hands of hospitals and
President Goodluck Jonathan's office put out a statement
late on Friday pledging that "the government will fight Boko
Haram, the group of evil-minded people who want to cause
anarchy, to the end".