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Four killed in religious rioting in Nigeria

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 11:31

Jos: Authorities say at least four
people were killed in a riot in a central Nigerian city that is beset by religious and ethnic tensions.

Nigeria`s National Emergency Management Agency said the
fighting began today in Jos after Muslims began praying in a
predominantly Christian neighbourhood in the city.

Officials with a local Muslim group said the unidentified
attackers used knives, machetes and bows and arrows.
Witnesses say more than 50 vehicles and 100 motorcycles
were set ablaze during the fighting.

Army and police moved into the affected neighbourhood late today.

Jos sits in the Nigeria`s "middle belt," where dozens of
ethnic groups vie for control of fertile lands and political
and economic power.

Nigeria is largely divided into a Christian south and
Muslim north.


First Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 11:31
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