Bomb Wounds 7 at Nigerian Arabic School

Posted December 28th, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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Police in southern Nigeria say assailants have thrown a bomb into an Arabic school in the south, wounding seven people days after a string of deadly church bombings across the country.

Authorities said the blast happened late Tuesday in Delta state when the homemade bomb was thrown from a car. Six children were among the wounded.

The attack follows a string of four coordinated bombings Sunday that killed at least 39 people.

The radical Muslim sect Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the Christmas Day attacks.

Christians in northern Nigeria have warned that increased violence could lead to a religious war.

But after a meeting Tuesday with President Goodluck Jonathan, the country's top Muslim spiritual leader said there is no conflict between Muslims and Christians, but instead a fight between evil people and good people.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education in sinful” in the Hausa language, wants to establish a strict Islamic state in Nigeria. It does not recognize the government or the country's constitution.

The country of 150 million is about evenly divided between Muslims, who mostly live in the north, and Christians who dominate in the south.

Hundreds of others have died this year in bombings and shootings blamed on Boko Haram.