13 people feared killed in Nigeria`s ethnic violence
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:37
Abuja: At least 13 people were feared killed in religious and ethnic violence in Nigeria's remote central Plateau state, forcing the military to step up deployment in the troubled region.

The Nigerian military has effected a heavy deployment to some remote parts of central Plateau State where 13 persons were feared killed by rampaging Muslims of ethnic Fulani origin, reports said.

The village where the alleged attack had taken place is called Wareng and is inhabited mostly by Christians of ethnic Berom.

It is located several kilometers away from Jos where religious uprisings and bomb blasts have claimed hundreds of lives in recent times.

Last Christmas eve, a bomb blast within the city claimed more than 80 lives while more than 100 were injured.

The aftermath of the bombing was a riot between Muslim and Christian youths which also claimed scores of lives causing mass migration from the city.

Though a religious sect accused of regular killings in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the bombing, observers say politicians may be responsible for the attack.

Mid last year, three Muslim Fulani herdsmen were hacked down by unknown persons and this led to a reprisal attack when an angry mob suspected to be Muslims killed another three.

The herdsmen were believed to have been killed by ethnic Beroms who are mostly Christians while they were searching for lost cattle.

Jos, the capital of Plateau State has witnessed series of sectarian clashes in the recent past causing the government to place a dusk to dawn curfew in the area at a point.

From 2008 to the present time, thousands of people have lost their lives in the region and a fracas in March last year alone claimed more than 500 lives.

The country’s President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to halt the killings which are mostly motivated by fight for control of fertile lands but the violence has spilled into the election year where he would stand as a candidate.

General elections are due for April and analysts fear local politicians could exploit the division to cause more tension in the area.


First Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:37

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