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06/25/2012 Nigeria (ONN) – A group advocating for the protection of Christians is calling on the Nigerian government to step up and defend its citizens.

Radical Islamists in Northern Nigeria bombed three Christian churches June 17 during Sunday worship services. Members of the Islamic group, Boko Haram, carried out the attacks after attacking Christians in the city of Zaria and northern Kaduna. Christian youths in the region have responded by killing Muslims and attacking mosques.

Jonathan Racho of International Christian Concern says they would like to have the help of the United States in addressing the attacks.

“The Christians, they don’t have confidence in the Nigerian authorities, especially the military, to protect them; this is because the military is dominated by Muslims,” he tells OneNewsNow. “That is why International Christian Concern would like to ask the international communities, particularly the United States, to put pressure on the government of Nigeria and to protect the Christians who are being persecuted.”

Boko Haram said they will eliminate all Christians from Northern Nigeria and will replace it with an Islamic state. The group has murdered hundreds of Christians since 2009.

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