"At least twenty people have been killed by a series of bombings targeting buses in a predominately Christian neighborhood of Nigeria’s northern city of Kano. A rescue official on the scene reported, “I saw three buses on fire. One of them was fully loaded with passengers waiting to leave the station at the time of the blasts.” Officials suspect the series of explosions were likely initiated by suicide bombers, but investigators are still collecting evidence to confirm that theory. Because the attacks took place in a predominately Christian area of Kano, most officials suspect Christians were the target of the attack. Innocent Christians in northern Nigeria continue to be targeted for some of Boko Haram’s most heinous acts of violence. The official death toll is expected to rise as security officials continue to examine the scene of Monday’s attack."
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"ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, William Stark, said, “Innocent Christians in northern Nigeria continue to be targeted for some of Boko Haram’s most heinous acts of violence. Whether targeted by suicide bombings at churches, drive-by shootings or attacks on Christian homes, these attacks are meant to terrorize the Christian minority. Since 2009, human rights groups following Boko Haram’s campaign of terror, including ICC, estimate over 3,000 people have been murdered at the hands of the radical group. The world cannot continue to wash its hands of this issue. Islamic extremist groups continue to trickle out of North Africa leaving nothing but death, destruction and terror in their wake. If left unchecked, West Africa will likely see a proliferation of radical Islamic groups resulting in levels of Christian persecution only seen in places like Mali and Somalia. Without international intervention, Christians in northern Nigeria will continue to go unprotected and have these deadly attacks devastating their communities.” "