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    Riots 'kill hundreds in Nigeria'

    Riots 'kill hundreds in Nigeria'



    Hundreds of people are reported to have been killed in central Nigeria after Christians and Muslims clashed over the result of a local election.

    A Muslim charity in the town of Jos says it collected more than 300 bodies, and fatalities are also expected among Christians.

    There is no official confirmation yet, and figures are notoriously unreliable in Nigeria, says the BBC's Alex Last.

    Police have imposed a 24-hour curfew and the army is patrolling the streets.

    They have been given orders to shoot on sight in an effort to quell hostilities that mark the worst clashes in the restive West African nation since 2004.

    For the second straight day on Saturday, angry mobs went through the town burning homes, churches and mosques.

    The Nigerian Red Cross says at least 10,000 people have fled their homes.

    Contested election

    The mostly Christian-backed governing party, the People's Democratic Party, was declared to have won the state elections in Plateau state, of which Jos is the capital city.

    The result was contested by the opposition All Nigeria People's Party, which has support from Muslims.

    Violence started on Thursday night as groups of angry youths burnt tyres on the roads over reports of election rigging.

    Bodies from the Muslim Hausa community were brought into the central mosque compound.

    The local imam, Sheikh Khalid Abubakar, said more than 300 dead bodies were brought there on Saturday alone.

    Those killed in the Christian community would probably be taken to the city morgue, raising the possibility that the total death toll could be much higher.

    Police spokesman Bala Kassim said there were "many dead," but couldn't cite a firm number.

    Despite the overnight curfew, groups in some areas took to the streets again as soon as police patrols had passed by.

    Troubled past

    In 2001, more than 1,000 people died in religious clashes in the city, situated in Nigeria's fertile "middle belt" that separates the Muslim north from the predominantly Christian south.

    And in 2004, a state of emergency was declared in Plateau state after more than 200 Muslims were killed in the town of Yelwa in attacks by Christian militia.

    Correspondents say communal violence in Nigeria is complex, but it often boils down to competition for resources such as land between those that see themselves as indigenous versus the more recent settlers.

    In Plateau, Christians are regarded as being indigenous and Hausa-speaking Muslims the settlers.


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    All this and they have yet to take the airport - does anyone think they hold up the haj for these folks?

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    Mobs burned homes, churches and mosques in Nigeria on Saturday in a second day of riots as the death toll rose to more than 300 in the worst sectarian violence in Africa's most populous country in years.

    Sheikh Khalid Abubakar, the imam at the main mosque in the city of Jos, said more than 300 bodies were brought there Saturday alone and 183 could be seen near the building, still to be interred.

    Those killed in the Christian community would not likely be taken to the city mosque, raising the possibility that the death toll could be much higher. The city morgue wasn't immediately accessible Saturday.

    Police spokesman Bala Kassim said there were "many dead," but couldn't cite a firm number.

    The hostilities mark the worst clashes in the West African country since 2004, when as many as 700 people died in Plateau state during Christian-Muslim clashes.

    Jos, the capital of Plateau, has a long history of community violence that has made it difficult to organize voting. Rioting in September 2001 killed more than 1,000 people.

    The city is situated in Nigeria's "middle belt," where members of hundreds of ethnic groups commingle in a band of fertile and hotly contested land separating the Muslim north from the predominantly Christian south.

    Authorities imposed an around-the-clock curfew in the hardest-hit areas of the central Nigerian city, where traditionally pastoralist Hausa Muslims live in tense, close quarters with Christians from other ethnic groups.

    The fighting began as clashes between supporters of the region's two main political parties following the first local election in Jos in more than a decade. But the violence expanded along ethnic and religious lines, with Hausas and members of Christian ethnic groups doing battle.

    Angry mobs gathered Thursday in Jos after electoral workers failed to publicly post results in ballot collation centres, prompting many onlookers to assume the vote was the latest in a long line of fraudulent Nigerian elections.

    Riots flared Friday morning and at least 15 people were killed. Local ethnic and religious leaders made radio appeals for calm Saturday, and streets were mostly empty by early afternoon. Troops were given orders to shoot rioters on sight.

    The violence is the worst since the May 2007 inauguration of President Umaru Yar'Adua, who came to power in a vote that international observers dismissed as not credible.

    Few Nigerian elections have been deemed free and fair since independence from Britain in 1960, and military takeovers have periodically interrupted civilian rule.

    More than 10,000 Nigerians have died in sectarian violence since civilian leaders took over from a former military junta in 1999. Political strife over local issues is common in Nigeria, where government offices control massive budgets stemming from the country's oil industry.


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    Must make life tough for Jihadists. So many places to go warmongering, Israel, Iraq, Nigeria, can't be three places at once.

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    Hopefully some of them were 419'ers.

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    Can't see why not, PAD did it with no problem.

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