Three deadly blasts have hit churches in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna in the latest attacks targeting Christian worshippers in the region, emergency services and residents say.
Two of the blasts happened in the city of Zaria on Sunday and another struck the city of Kaduna, leaving a total of at least seven worshippers dead and dozens wounded. Residents said they feared many people had been killed.
Police and the military cordoned off the areas. Kaduna state authorities immediately imposed a 24-hour curfew.
Residents said mobs barricaded roads in the towns of Trijania, Gonin Gora and Sabon Tasha, attacking motorists who looked Muslim.
Nigeria is divided between a predominantly Muslim north and a predominantly Christian south.
Andronicus Adeyemo, of the Nigerian Red Cross, said the Zaria attacks occurred about 10 minutes apart in different parts of the city.
The state-run National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the blasts happened in the Wusasa and Sabon-Gari districts of Zaria, which has previously been targeted by Boko Haram, an armed group which has been responsible for a series of attacks on churches.
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