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US, HRW call for probe into Nigeria violence

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 13:12

Jos, Nigeria: The US government and an international human rights group are calling on Nigeria to properly investigate and prosecute those responsible for slaughtering more than 200 unarmed people in renewed religious violence.
Human Rights Watch said Tuesday that Acting President Goodluck Jonathan also must provide police and military protection for those around the city of Jos in central Nigeria.

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria`s capital, says an investigation and prosecution would show all Nigerians that "they are respected and protected."

At least 200 people, mostly Christians, were slaughtered on Sunday, according to residents, aid groups and journalists. The violence comes after sectarian killings in January left more than 300 dead, most of them Muslim.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 13:12
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