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Buildings burn in fresh religious clashes in Nigeria

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 21:08

Kano (Nigeria): A pall of smoke rose over
the Nigerian city of Jos today as fresh Christian-Muslim
clashes erupted after weekend violence that killed at least 26
people, officials and residents said.

State authorities placed the city under a 24-hour curfew
as residents said they heard gunshots and had seen smoke
billowing from parts of the city, the capital of Plateau State
in central Nigeria.

An employee at Jos central mosque, where he said bodies
were being taken, told 156 people were killed in the
overnight fighting and 800 wounded, but the number could not
be independently confirmed.

"The mosque is full with the injured and the dead. This
morning we received 156 bodies with about 800 injured,"
Mohammed Shittu at the Jos central mosque told.

Authorities said a curfew put in place at the weekend had
been extended.

"The government has placed a 24-hour curfew on Jos and
Bukuru (a small town on the fringes of Jos) following the
resumption of violence in parts of the city," the state`s
information commissioner Gregory Yenlong told.

"All residents are hereby directed to stay indoors as
security agents work towards restoring peace," said Yenlong.

All flights to the city were suspended today, airport and
airline sources said.


First Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 21:08
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