13 people feared killed in Nigeria`s ethnic violence

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

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.


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

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