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Deadly sectarian clashes in Nigeria prompt curfew

Last Updated: Monday, January 18, 2010 - 15:34

Kano: Sectarian violence that killed at least
nine people led authorities in central Nigeria on Monday to impose
a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the city of Jos, officials and
residents said.

"The government has placed a 12-hour curfew from 6 pm to 6
am on the city following some violence in Nassarawa Gwom
district of the city," information commissioner for Plateau
State, Gregory Yenlong, told a news agency.

Residents said nine people had been killed while six
people were injured in clashes between Christians and Muslims
in the city.

"I was at the Jos University hospital, where I saw nine
dead bodies and six people injured with machete cuts on
admission," resident and local journalist Musa Habibu told
the ageny.

He said several houses and vehicles were also burnt.

"I can see billows of dark smoke from burning houses in
Nassarawa Gwom," he added.

Yenlong could not confirm the death toll.

"I can`t give any casualty details because we are still
awaiting a comprehensive report on the violence," he said.

Plateau police spokesman Mohammed Lerema said the
situation had been brought under control.

Jos has been a hotbed of religious violence in central

Nigeria, Africa`s most populous country of some 150
million people, is evenly divided by a mainly Muslim-dominated
north and mainly Christian south.

The states located in the northern area of Nigeria
are hotbeds for religious violence that erupt at a frequency.

On November 28, 2008, hundreds of people were killed
in clashes triggered by a rumour that the majority-Muslim All
Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) had lost in a local election to
the mainly Christian Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


First Published: Monday, January 18, 2010 - 15:34
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