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Over 30 die in northern Nigeria sectarian violence

Last Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 08:20

Abuja: At least 31 people have been killed, 52 houses and 16 vehicles burnt after a disagreement over ownership of a football arena set off sectarian violence in northern Nigerian state of Taraba, officials said on Sunday.

Scores were also injured in the fracas which state acting Governor Garba Umar tried to quell by declaring a round-the-clock curfew in the Wukari city where the crisis emanated late yesterday.

"We have arrested more than 40 people so far and we are doing everything possible to bring the crisis under control," state police spokesperson TY Mohammed told a news agency over phone while confirming the death toll.
Residents of Wukari were forced to flee their homes to take refuge in neighbouring towns.


First Published: Monday, February 25, 2013 - 08:20

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