42 die in Christian, Muslim clash in central Nigeria

The clash was a continuation of a fracas that broke out when a group of Muslims were confronted by members of the other community.

Abuja: Violent clashes between members of the
Muslim and Christian communities have claimed at least 42
lives in Nigeria`s sensitive Jos city, with residents blaming
soldiers for causing a number of casualties by shooting

Inhabitants of the city said 42 people died from both
communities when clashes broke out yesterday, and soldiers who
came in to control the situation did most of the killings by
shooting into the rampaging crowd.

The military, however, did not say anything on the number
of people killed, only stating that the situation has been
brought under control.

Several injured persons were taken to hospitals in the
city but a resident, Frank Ojukwu, told on phone that
soldiers invaded the hospitals to arrest those admitted for

The clash was a continuation of a fracas that broke out on
Wednesday when a group of Muslims, on their way to offer Eid
prayers, were confronted by members of the other community.
More than 40 vehicles and 100 motorcycles were also burnt
during the fracas.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the
police confirmed the clashes.

"Fighting broke out between members of two different
religious organisations but the police has succeeded in
putting it under control," Plateau state commissioner, Dipo
Ayeni said.

The clashes are seen as a reprisal for the Christmas eve
bombings that hit two parts of the city.

Early this month, 10 people were killed in overnight
attacks in Jos, sparking protest from angry youths who took to
the roads.

Several people have died in internecine conflicts
involving ethnic Fulanis and Beroms in Jos and its environs.
Sometimes the ethnic clashes assume religious colour.
While a majority of the Fulanis are Muslims, the Beroms
are mostly Christians.


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