ADL Deplores the Murder of Nigerian Christians

New York, NY, December 27, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today denounced a spate of "vile and heinous" bombings that murdered Nigerian Christians during the Christmas holiday.

"We join with Pope Benedict XVI, and other religious and civic leaders of good will, in condemning this vile and heinous terrorist attack on worshippers during this holy day," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Once again we must repeat loudly: No circumstances ever justify acts of terrorism, and we must all continue to stand together to oppose it with all our strength and resources."

The most deadly of several bombing incidents happened on Christmas Day at a Roman Catholic Church in Madalla, Nigeria, a town just outside the capital of Abuja. The attack murdered more than 30 people and injured hundreds who were leaving Christmas mass, and devastated surrounding buildings and cars.

A few hours after the Madalla attack, blasts were reported at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church in the centrally-located town of Jos and at a church in Gadaka in the northern state of Yobe.

An Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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