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Nigerian court sentences mastermind of 2011 Christmas church bombing to life in prison
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, December 20, 2013 8:06 AM EST
A Nigerian court has sentenced the convicted participant of a 2011 Christmas Day bombing of a Catholic Church to life in prison.
The Federal High Court found Kabiru Sokoto guilty of terrorism and murder.
The state argued he had prior knowledge that the Boko Haram terrorist network planned to bomb St. Theresa's church, just outside Abuja, Nigeria's capital, but failed to notify law enforcement officers.
Sokoto, who is also known as Kabiru Umar, pleaded not guilty and argued that the state did not provide evidence linking him to the bombing.
A car bomb exploded outside the church as worshippers came out of an early-morning service on Christmas Day in the first attacks targeting Christians by extremists staging an uprising in the northeast.