Deadly sectarian clashes in Nigeria prompt curfew

Deadly sectarian clashes in Nigeria prompt curfew Kano: Sectarian violence that killed at least nine people led authorities in central Nigeria on Monday to impose a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the city of Jos, officials and residents said.

"The government has placed a 12-hour curfew from 6 pm to 6 am on the city following some violence in Nassarawa Gwom district of the city," information commissioner for Plateau State, Gregory Yenlong, told a news agency.

Residents said nine people had been killed while six people were injured in clashes between Christians and Muslims in the city.

"I was at the Jos University hospital, where I saw nine dead bodies and six people injured with machete cuts on admission," resident and local journalist Musa Habibu told the ageny.

He said several houses and vehicles were also burnt.

"I can see billows of dark smoke from burning houses in Nassarawa Gwom," he added.

Yenlong could not confirm the death toll.

"I can't give any casualty details because we are still awaiting a comprehensive report on the violence," he said.

Plateau police spokesman Mohammed Lerema said the situation had been brought under control.

Jos has been a hotbed of religious violence in central Nigeria.

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country of some 150 million people, is evenly divided by a mainly Muslim-dominated north and mainly Christian south.

The states located in the northern area of Nigeria are hotbeds for religious violence that erupt at a frequency.

On November 28, 2008, hundreds of people were killed in clashes triggered by a rumour that the majority-Muslim All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) had lost in a local election to the mainly Christian Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).