I pray for my Brothers and Sisters in Christ who are attacked for practicing their faith on this very holy day. The jihadis continue their murderous acts while the liberals in the west downplay the Islamist threat.
Canada Condemns Attacks in Nigeria
(No. 392 - December 25, 2011 - 12:15 p.m. ET) Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird issued the following statement after a series of deadly attacks at churches in Nigeria:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones.
“These people died practising their religion—a basic human right.
“Canada strongly denounces such cowardly attacks without reservation. It is unconscionable that they occurred on Christmas against individuals attending religious services.
“We stand with the people and the government of Nigeria at this difficult time and join those calling for all responsible to be brought to justice.”
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LAGOS, Nigeria: Terror attacks across Nigeria by a radical Muslim sect killed at least 39 people Sunday, with the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass as blood pooled in dust from a massive explosion.
Authorities acknowledged they could not bring enough emergency medical personnel to care for the wounded outside St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla near Nigeria's capital. Elsewhere, a bomb exploded amid gunfire in the central Nigeria city of Jos and a suicide car bomber attacked the military in the nation's northeast as part of an apparently coordinated assault by the sect known as Boko Haram.
The Christmas Day violence, denounced by world leaders and the Vatican, shows the threat of the widening insurrection posed by Boko Haram against Nigeria's weak central government. Despite a recent paramilitary crackdown against the sect in the oil-rich nation, it appears that Africa's most populous nation remains unable to stop the threat.
"These are cowardly attacks on families gathered in peace and prayer to celebrate a day which symbolises harmony and goodwill towards others,'' Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague said in a statement.
The first explosion on Sunday struck St. Theresa Catholic Church just after 8am. The attack killed 35 people and wounded another 52, said Slaku Luguard, a coordinator with Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency.
Though billions of dollars of oil money flow into the nation's budget yearly, Luguard's agency could only send text messages to journalists asking for their help in getting more ambulances.
Those wounded filled the cement floors of a nearby government hospital, with television images showing them crying in pools of their own blood. Corpses lined an open-air morgue.