Nigerians Fear More Attacks After Muslim Terrorists Kill 35 Catholics at Christmas Mass

December 26, 2011 - 5:36 AM
Nigerians fear more church attacks after 39 killed
Nigeria-Violence

Onlookers gather around a car destroyed in a blast next to St. Theresa Catholic Church in Madalla, Nigeria, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. An explosion ripped through a Catholic church during Christmas Mass near Nigeria's capital Sunday, killing scores of people, officials said. A radical Muslim sect claimed the attack and another bombing near a church in the restive city of Jos, as explosions also struck the nation's northeast. (AP Photo/Sunday Aghaeze)

MADALLA, Nigeria (AP) — Worshippers at the Nigerian Catholic church where a terror attack killed 35 people on Christmas Day say they fear Islamic militants will target more churches.

At least 52 others were wounded when the blast went off at St. Theresa Catholic Church near Nigeria's capital. On Monday, women tried to clean the church ahead of Mass, with one man weeping uncontrollably.

Rev. Father Christopher Jataudarde told The Associated Press that one victim begged him for religious atonement after Sunday's attack, crying: "Father, pray for me, I will not survive."

A radical Muslim sect known as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks Sunday across the country. The group previously targeted police and military, but has expanded its aim in recent months.