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People gather outside a church following a blast in Kaduna, Nigeria. Photo: Reuters

People gather outside a church following a blast in Kaduna, Nigeria. Photo: Reuters

People gather outside a church following a blast in Kaduna, Nigeria. Photo: Reuters

A series of apparently co-ordinated bombings targeting churches in Nigeria yesterday killed at least 17 people and provoked reprisals against Muslims by mobs of Christians.

Explosions hit churches in four areas of Kaduna state in the latest attacks on congregations in the majority Muslim north of the country.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamist terror group that has links to al-Qa'ida, has carried out at least 10 similar strikes this year.

Authorities in Kaduna imposed a 24-hour curfew after gangs of young men blocked a major road heading south out of the state capital and dragged Muslims from their cars.

Four children who had been playing outside a church in Zaria were among the first victims of yesterday's blasts. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent