Fresh central Nigeria attacks kill 15

Jos has been hit by waves of violence between Christian and Muslim groups that have left hundreds dead in recent years.

Last Updated: Sep 10, 2011, 16:15 PM IST

Abuja: Fresh overnight attacks killed at least 15 people in central Nigeria, the latest in a wave of recent killings in an area beset by sectarian violence, a local government official said on Saturday.

"Fifteen people were killed ... in Vwang district of Jos south local government area of Plateau state in a midnight attack," a government spokesman Pam Ayuba said.

The attack in a district on the outskirts of the city of Jos, targeted predominately Christian ethnic farming villagers known as Beroms.

More villagers were missing in what appeared to be a wave of spiralling attacks suspected to be staged by Fulani herdsmen from adjoining villages.

"This is the third time such attacks are taking place suggesting a premeditated murder," he said.

Jos has been hit by waves of violence between Christian and Muslim groups that have left hundreds dead in recent years.

The area lies between the predominantly Christian south and mainly Muslim north of Africa`s most populous nation.

The Geneva-based office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday expressed concern at the resurgence of violence in central Nigeria since the beginning of August.

Bureau Report