Christmas Bombing of Nigeria Churches Kills 39 People

Reuters reports. “Islamist militant group Boko Haram … claimed responsibility.” UPDATE: The Washington Post reports 39 deaths; I’ve updated the post title accordingly. Here’s more from the Washington Post:

Boko Haram has carried out increasingly sophisticated and bloody attacks in its campaign to implement strict Shariah law across Nigeria, a multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people. The group, whose name means “Western education is sacrilege” in the local Hausa language, is responsible for at least 504 killings this year alone, according to an Associated Press count.