Six killed in ethnic clashes in Northern Nigeria

Last Updated: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 23:29

Abuja: Atleast six people were killed in an
ethnic violence in Nigeria`s northern flashpoint town of Jos,
and over 15 people have been arrested in this regard, the army
said Sunday.

Today`s killings were an apparent result of three Muslim
Fulani herdsmen being hacked down by unknown persons
yesterday.

An angry mob, suspected to be from that community, killed
three persons today in a reprisal attack.

Fifteen suspects have been apprehended, army spokesman
Col Kayode Ogundele said.

The herdsmen are believed to have been killed by ethnic
Beroms, who are mostly Christians, while they were searching
for lost cattle.

Jos, the capital of the plateau state, has witnessed a
series of sectarian clashes in the recent past causing the
government to place a night curfew in the area.

The curfew was lifted on Wednesday.
Federal forces have been deployed to control the most
recent violence which started between the Fulani settlers and
the Berom indigents in January.

From 2008 to the present time, thousands of people have
lost their lives in the region and a fracas in March alone
claimed more than 500 lives.

Recognising that politics and joblessness contribute to
the conflict, President Goodluck Jonathan has promised to work
to halt the killings which are mostly motivated by fight for
control of fertile lands.

General elections are due in 2011 and analysts fear local
politicians could exploit the division to cause more tension
in the area.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, May 23, 2010 - 23:29
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