Nigeria blasts

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STORY: Islamist militant group Boko Haram said it planted bombs that exploded on Christmas Day at churches in Nigeria with at least 27 people killed.
Boko Haram, which wants to impose Islamic sharia law across the country split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims, has escalated its tactics this year and increased the sophistication of the explosives it uses.
The sect was blamed for dozens of bombings and shootings in the north, and has claimed responsibility for two bombings in Abuja this year, including Nigeria's first suicide bombing on the U.N. headquarters in August that killed at least 23 people.
Rights groups say more than 250 people have been killed by Boko Haram since July 2010.

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