4 September 2011
Written by The Associated Press
An official and a witness say 11 people were killed in central
, 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 Nigeria . 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.