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Boko Haram claims Nigeria church suicide bombing
- Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility on Monday for a suicide car bombing of a church in northern Nigeria that killed 12 people the day before. A suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives into a church during a Sunday serving in Yelwa, on the outskirts of the city of Bauchi, forcing his car through a checkpoint.
"We thank God for giving us victory. We successfully carried out a suicide bombing on a church at Yelwa in Bauchi state," an emailed statement from Boko Haram spokesman Abu Qaqa said. The email address was the same the sect always uses. He also warned media they would be attacked if they write anything false about Boko Haram. The sect claimed the bombing of pro-government daily This Day in April.
Boko Haram's leader Mohammed Shekau has said in the past that attacks on churches are revenge for killings of Muslims by Christians in Nigeria's volatile "Middle Belt," where the largely Muslim north and mostly Christian south join.