Thursday, September 8, 2011

11 killed Last night and this morning in Jos

4 September 2011

Written by The Associated Press    

An official and a witness say 11 people were killed in central Nigeria, a region beset by religious and ethnic fighting. Mark Lipdo, an organizer for a nonprofit group called the Stefanos Foundation, says eight people in one family were killed overnight Saturday. A witness says three people were killed  Sunday. Both incidents happened near the city of Jos.

Plateau state police commissioner Emmanuel Dipo Ayeni says police are investigating the incidents. He gave no further details.

Over Forty persons has reportedly been killed in A renewed violence In Jos on Thursday, after last Monday’s mayhem which claimed 20 lives, 50 vehicles and 100 motorcycles as both Muslim and Christian youths mobilised against each other in different parts of the state capital.

Plateau state is in the "middle belt," where dozens of ethnic groups vie for control of fertile lands and political and economic power.
Nigeria, an oil-rich country of 160 million people, is split between mainly Muslims in the north and the predominantly Christian south.

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