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Nigerians blast government after 'blackest Christmas'

Militants killed more than two dozen people in attacks on churches and other targets on Dec 25

Nigerians blast government after 'blackest Christmas'
Nigeria's main opposition leader accused the government of incompetence on Monday after militants killed more than two dozen people in Christmas Day attacks on churches and other targets (AFP/Getty Images)
Nigerians blast government after 'blackest Christmas'
Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner and former military ruler who lost a presidential election in April to incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, told a Nigerian daily that the government was slow to respond and had shown indifference to the bombings (AFP/Getty Images)
Nigerians blast government after 'blackest Christmas'
People stand in front of the partially destroyed St Theresa Catholic Church after a bomb blast in the Madala Zuba district of Nigeria's capital Abuja on Dec 25 (AFP/Getty Images)
Nigerians blast government after 'blackest Christmas'
Two explosions near churches during Christmas Day services in Nigeria, including one outside the country's capital, killed at least 28 people amid spiraling violence (AFP/Getty Images)
Nigerians blast government after 'blackest Christmas'
The suspected attacks stoked fear and anger in Africa's most populous nation, which has been hit by scores of bombings and shootings attributed to group Boko Haram (AFP/Getty Images)
Nigerians blast government after 'blackest Christmas'
The attacks, described by the country's top broadsheet daily as 'Nigeria's blackest Christmas ever,' risk reopening old wounds and reviving tit-for-tat sectarian violence between the mostly Muslim north and largely Christian south (AFP/Getty Images)