boko haram.jpgIslamist militant group, Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the bombs that exploded on Christmas Day at churches in Nigeria, one of which killed at least 27 people.

St Theresa’s Catholic church in Madala, an Abuja satellite town about 40 kilometres from the centre of the capital, was packed out when the bomb exploded during a Christmas service.

Meanwhile, the Vatican has condemned the Christmas Day blast describing it as a blind and absurd “terrorist violence” that enflames hate.

Vatican spokesperson, Father Federico Lombardi described the attack as an act that has no respect for human life and seeks to cause confusion in Nigeria.

Boko Haram, which wants to impose Islamic Sharia Law across Nigeria, has increased the sophistication of the explosives it uses.

Nearly 70 people have died this week in fighting between Nigerian forces and Boko Haram gunmen in the country’s north-east region.