Nigeria Declares State of Emergency

    Image #: 16405807    Women weep over their loved ones who died in the Christmas day bomb explosion at St. Theresa's Catholic church in Madalla, just outside the capital Abuja December 31, 2011. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan visited the church on Saturday and vowed to "crush the terrorists" who set off a series of bombs across Nigeria on Christmas Day, killing at least 37 people.  REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)       Reuters /AFOLABI SOTUNDE /LANDOV

    Afolabi Sotunde, Reuters / Landov

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency Saturday in parts of the country that have been hit with a series of attacks by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. The latest violence comes nearly a week after the radical sect bombed churches throughout the country on Christmas Day, including one attack that killed at least 39 people. Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is forbidden," is trying to create sectarian strife in Nigeria, Africa's top oil producer. Jonathan has shut down borders with Cameroon, Chad, and Niger in the northeast, declaring the closure an "interim measure" that will be lifted "as soon as normalcy is restored." He also announced that his defense staff would be stepping up its security in the form of a special counter-terrorism force.

    Read it at Reuters