Turkey Condemns Church Bombings in Nigeria
Turkey has strongly condemned three deadly church bombings on Sunday in Nigeria's northern state of Kaduna. Along with ensuing reprisals, which have occurred over the past three days, 121 people have been reported dead with well over 100 wounded.
A radical Islamist sect called Boko Haram on Monday claimed responsibility for Sunday's suicide attacks on two churches in the city of Zaria and another in the city of Kaduna. The violence highlights festering religious tensions in Nigeria, a nation of more than 160 million people.
The attacks occurred in the religious flashpoint state of Kaduna that sits on the border between the country's predominantly Muslim north and its mainly Christian south. A history of attacks and counterattacks between the two communities means that authorities are often cautious about releasing death figures.
A statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry late on Tuesday reiterated Turkey's earlier statements in which it expressed concern over the escalating violence in the past six months in Nigeria. The statement said Turkey fears that the violence could transform into a religion-based conflict.
The Islamist Boko Haram sect is waging an increasingly bloody fight with Nigeria's security agencies and public. More than 580 people in this year alone have been killed.
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