Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Renewed hostility: 20 killed, 50 vehicles burnt in Jos

30 August 2011

NO fewer than 20 people were killed and over 50 vehicles burnt in Jos, capital of Plateau State, on Monday, following a clash between some Muslim youths and the natives, over the refusal of the latter to allow the Muslims access to the prayer grounds in their area.

Prior to Monday’s clash, there had been a rumour in the state that some people were planning to disrupt the Eid-el-Fitri  celebration in the state, especially in Jos, in revenge of the disruption of last year’s Christmas, which was marred by multiple bomb blasts which led to many deaths in some parts of the state capital.

Nigerian Tribune learnt that as early as 9.00 a.m., there was tension in the city as the Muslims filed out to observe the Eid-el-Fitri prayers at Rukuba road and Mista Ali area of the state capital, while men of the Special Task Force and the police positioned themselves along the route leading to the prayer ground.

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