World Briefs: Explosives found on truck near nuclear power plant

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SWEDEN

STOCKHOLM — Security was ramped up at Sweden’s three nuclear power plants Thursday after explosives were found on a truck at the southwestern Ringhals atomic power station.

Police said they were investigating possible sabotage.

Sniffer dogs detected the explosives during a routine check Wednesday afternoon by security staff while the truck was in the power plant’s industrial area near its high-security enclosure.

Police declined to describe the amount or type of explosive material found.

Bomb technicians said the material lacked a detonating device, meaning there was no danger of an imminent explosion.

Four nuclear reactors are at Ringhals, 45 miles south of Sweden’s second-largest city, Goteborg. The plant is controlled by energy companies Vattenfall and E.ON.

NIGERIA

Sectarian violence claims at least 138 lives in five days

DAMATURU — At least 138 people have died since Sunday in sect-related violence in Nigeria, officials say, as the government fails to corral rising sectarian attacks that have fanned religious tensions in Africa’s most populous nation.

An email statement attributed to the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram and obtained by the Associated Press on Thursday said it launched multiple attacks in the city of Damaturu, which authorities say killed at least 40 people.

“We assure all that the success of the Damaturu operation is really a sign that very soon Allah will give us the chance of overthrowing this unjust and heathen government and replacing it with an Islamic system which is just,” the statement said in the local Hausa language.

It came two days after the group claimed responsibility for a trio of church bombings in the religious flash point state of Kaduna that left at least 21 dead, according to rescue officials.

The bombings sparked reprisals that have raised the overall toll to at least 98 dead, a rescue official involved in rescue efforts said Wednesday.

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