The European Union (EU) has condemned Sunday's attacks on places of worship in Kaduna State in which more than 60 people were killed.
The EU made the condemnation in a statement issued by Mrs Catherine Ashton, the union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on Tuesday.
``I am appalled by the terrible attacks perpetrated against Christian churches in Nigeria on 17 June, following several similar attacks in recent weeks.
``I also deeply regret that reprisal attacks appear to have been made against members of the Muslim community.
"I condemn all such violence that leads to the loss of innocent lives and expresses my sincere condolences to the victims and their families," Aston said.
She said the EU, through its Human Rights dialogue with Nigeria, would explore ways to promote greater understanding among the various communities "through wider dialogue in order to prevent such atrocities happening again".
Ashton urged the government to bring perpetrators of terror to justice.
She said the EU would renew its cooperation with Nigeria to address the underlying social and economic problems in the northern part of the country and ``work with the authorities to make the fight against terrorism more effective’’.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that suicide bombers had in a coordinated operation attacked the ECWA Goodnews Church, and Christ the King Catholic Church in Wusasa , Zaria.
The explosions sparked violence in Kaduna, leading to reprisal attacks.
Meanwhile, the dusk to dawn curfew earlier relaxed by Gov. Patrick Yakowa, was re-instated on Tuesday morning following fresh crisis. (NAN)