Radical Nigerian Muslim group claims attacks

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Bystanders gather around a burned car outside the Victory Baptist Church in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010. Authorities say dozens of assailants attacked the church on Christmas Eve, killing the pastor, two members of the choir and two people passing by the church. Police are blaming members of Boko Haram, a radical Muslim sect. (AP Photo - Njadvara Musa)

A radical Muslim sect has claimed responsibility for the Christmas Eve attacks in Nigeria that left at least 38 people dead.

The Islamic group, formerly known as Boko Haram, said in a press release published on its website that it was responsible for the multiple bombings in central Jos and two attacks on churches in Maiduguri.

Boko Haram changed its name after a prison break earlier this year that freed more than 700 inmates. The group's new name translates as: "The organization of followers of the teachings of Prophet Muhammad and champions of Islam and holy wars."

Nigerian authorities had blamed Boko Haram for the church attacks that killed six but had not identified suspects in the bombings.