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The remains of the car usedby a suicide bomber at a Catholic church in Jos, Nigeria, on Sunday.
The remains of the car usedby a suicide bomber at a Catholic church in Jos, Nigeria, on Sunday. (Associated Press)
Posted: March 12, 2012

Nigerian church attacked; 10 dead

JOS, Nigeria - A suicide car bomber attacked a Catholic church Sunday in the middle of Mass, killing at least 10 people in the blast and the retaliatory violence that followed after the latest assault targeting a church in a central Nigerian city plagued by unrest, officials said.

The bomb detonated as worshipers attended the final Mass of the day at St. Finbar's Catholic Church in Jos, a city where thousands have died in the last decade in religious and ethnic violence. Security at the gate of the church's compound stopped the suspicious car, and the bomber detonated his explosives during an altercation that followed, Plateau state spokeswoman Pam Ayuba said.

The bombing sparked retaliatory violence in Jos later Sunday, with angry youths burning down homes and with soldiers guarding the city opening fire in neighborhoods, witnesses said. Ayuba said at least 10 people died in the bombing, though others said the number of dead included those killed in retaliatory attacks. Soldiers also were wounded in the blast.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, though the city has been targeted in the past by a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram.

- AP

Egypt acquittal in 'virginity tests'

CAIRO - A military court Sunday acquitted an army doctor who had been accused of performing forced "virginity tests" on women detained by soldiers when they broke up a street protest a year ago.

State media reported that the court acquitted the doctor, Ahmed Adel el Mogy, on the relatively narrow basis of contradictions in the testimony heard at the trial. It was unclear if the court reached any conclusions about the occurrence or legitimacy of the tests.

A civilian administrative court concluded in late December that the military had, in fact, wrongly forced several women to undergo the tests. But its authority did not extend to holding officers accountable, and human rights advocates said that Sunday's verdict showed the flaws in military justice.

Samira Ibrahim, who filed both lawsuits, could not be reached for comment. In an online message, she wrote: "Nobody violated my honor, it's Egypt whose honor was violated. And I will go on till the end to get her rights."

- N.Y. Times News Service

Britain seeks amateur cyber aid

BRISTOL, England - Amateur cybersleuths have been hunting malware, raising firewalls, and fending off mock hack attacks in a series of simulations backed in part by Britain's eavesdropping agency.

The games are intended to pull badly needed talent into the country's burgeoning cybersecurity sector, according to former security minister Pauline Neville-Jones.

"The flow of people we have at the moment is wholly inadequate," she said, warning of a skills gap that "threatens the economic future of this country." The exercises are intended to help bridge that gap, drawing thousands of participants who spent weeks shoring up vulnerable home networks, cracking weak codes, and combing through corrupted hard drives in a series of tests designed by companies such as defense contractor QinetiQ and data-security firm Sophos. - AP

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