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.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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