December 25th, 2011
05:21 AM ET

Christmas Day bomb blast strikes church in Nigeria, agency says

A bomb blast struck a Catholic church west of the Nigerian capital of Abuja on Sunday, the National Emergency Management Agency said, stirring memories of strikes against Nigerian churches during last year's Christmas season.

The explosion struck a Catholic church in Madala, the agency said.

The agency did not immediately provide other details. Casualties were not immediately known.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2011 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Even Nigeria will be worse under the sharia law being pushed by militant Islamists.
    Christians are unlikely to retaliate by bombing mosques, but, you know, it's an idea.
    Joy to the world!

    December 25, 2011 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. lucy

    Christians should not keep quite about this, there should fight back, this has created fear in people to atten church, which is wrong.

    December 25, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. U. Celestine

    May the newly born JESUS welcome these souls in eternity and heal the wounded Amen.> i want to use this media to challenge northern christains to rise from slumber,act,defend yourselves or you will continue to be at receiving end.CAN should rise up to this challenge and caution northern muslems or face attacks and retaliation.

    December 25, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. U. Celestine

    May the newly born JESUS welcome these souls in eternity and heal the wounded Amen.> i want to use this media to challenge northern christains to rise from slumber,act,defend yourselves or you will continue to be at receiving end.CAN should rise up to this challenge and caution northern muslems to stop this deliberate attacks or face attacks and retaliation.

    December 25, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. tega

    Its foolish for christians2keep quite bcos the muslims are animals&thier religion is a teRrorist manifesto! I hate den!

    December 25, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. LAWRENCE

    May the lord God come and intervene in this issue. This is beyond human. With heavy hart I ask for God's intervention.

    December 25, 2011 at 7:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. s kel

    On this day all I have to say is MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    December 25, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. ??

    Where is the holier-than-thou Penne costal Penny to weigh in with her opinion? Whatsa matter? Wrong religion?

    December 25, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Dov'e' Penne?
    Lei sta mangiando Penne alla Vodka.

    December 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Ahhhh The season of Peace On Earth and Goodwill Towards Man.
    Just warms your heart, doesn't it ?

    December 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    bobcat,
    It seemed extremely peaceful last night when I went to sleep.
    Wha' hoppen?

    December 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @JIF
    It was a very peaceful night. But I just posted at 1:19 PM and came back to find this.
    I guess the parents aren't watching their children today. It seems we have an epidemic when these children are out of school fo too long. What can we do ? Kids who haven't been taight manners are going to do this.
    But Merry Christmas my friend.

    December 25, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Some little troll got their Christmas present little early, and apparently decided they would blog about their empty lives using other people's names.
    It usually what seventh-graders do on their Christmas break.

    Merry Christmas.

    December 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ¿TTUИFFUЯ ( ½ ELF slayer & ½ BUGBEAR KILLER )

    maybe the bomb was a present and it went off by mistake?

    December 25, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
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