With the death toll of the latest jihadist attack in Nigeria now at 41, Christians in that country can draw little consolation from the government’s assurances that the attack could have been far worse. Boko Haram — Nigeria’s most violent jihadist organization — has already murdered over 1,000 people since the beginning of 2011, and there is little evidence that its terror campaign will end any time soon.
Bombing churches on the holiest days of the Christian calendar has become almost a tradition for Muslim terrorists in Africa’s most populous nation. In 2010 and 2011, dozens were killed each Christmas as churches were bombed in the city of Jos and elsewhere by members of Boko Haram — which has ties to al-Qaeda.
The most recent bombing took place in the city of Kaduna. The car bomb detonated a short distance from All Nations Christian Assembly Church and the ECWA Good News Church. The government’s security forces are taking credit for stopping the terrorist from actually reaching the churches; it is believed that the bomb went off prematurely because its timer ran down before the terrorist could reach his target. Nevertheless, the damage was horrific. According to a story from the Christian Science Monitor:
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