Monday, July 25, 2011

Five dead in Nigeria sectarian clashes: army

20 July 2011

JOS, Nigeria — Fresh clashes between Muslim and Christian youths left five people dead and 12 seriously injured in the flashpoint central Nigerian city of Jos, an army spokesman said Wednesday.

The clashes erupted late Tuesday in Angwan Rukuba district when Muslims youths began protesting the murder of a carpenter who had been allegedly lured to his death by a gang of Christian youths, Captain Charles Ekeocha told AFP.

The carpenter, who was named as Dahira Musa, had been killed on Monday before being buried behind a poultry farm in Christian-dominated Anwar Rukuba district, residents said.

Angered Muslim youths from the nearby Nassarawa Gwon district mobilised and confronted the Christians and the clashes claimed five lives while 12 others were injured, said Ekeocha, spokesman for the Joint Task Force din the city.

Jos, capital of Plateau state, has been hit by waves of sectarian violence in recent years that have claimed hundreds of lives.

The state is located in the so-called middle belt between the mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south of Africa's most populous country.

A series of Christmas Eve bomb blasts in Jos killed dozens and set off a new round of violence.

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