BREAKING!!! 39 Killed, 30 Injured, Houses Burnt As Christian & Muslim Mobs Clash

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at 07:12 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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«§» 4 May 2013

KANO  (AFP) – Thirty-nine people died and 30 were injured in fierce fighting between Christian and Muslim mobs in Taraba state on Friday, prompting a round-the-clock curfew, police said.

Scores of houses were set ablaze and destroyed during the clashes in the town of Wukari which come amid a surge in religious violence in the west African nation.

“We have so far compiled a death toll of 39 people while 30 others were seriously injured,” state police spokesman Joseph Kwaji told AFP on Saturday.

Local residents told AFP that the death toll could rise.

“Thirty-two houses have also been destroyed in the violence,” Kwaji said of the unrest which has prompted authorities to impose an indefinite all-round curfew in the predominantly Christian city.

He added that 40 suspects were arrested in the aftermath of the violence.

State information commissioner Emmanuel Bello said that extra troops were deployed to the city on Saturday to bolster security.

“We have deployed more troops today to Wukari to ensure that the situation, which has been brought under control, is strengthened,” he told AFP.

The police spokesman Kwaji said Friday’s violence erupted when the funeral procession of a traditional chief from the predominantly Christian Jukun ethnic group marched through a Muslim neighbourhood chanting slogans, which Muslims viewed as an act of provocation.

“The state governor has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Wukari which is aimed at restoring normalcy in the town” after the fighting, said Kefas Sule, spokesman for the state governor.

Tensions have been on the rise in Wukari since February, when a dispute over the use of a football pitch between Muslim and Christian soccer teams set off sectarian riots that claimed several lives.

Friday’s violence came a day after the state government inaugurated a committee to investigate the February violence.

It also follows a surge in violence and kidnappings in the restive north of Nigeria, the epicentre of an insurgency by Boko Haram Islamists, in recent months.

In late April fighting between soldiers and Islamic fighters in the remote northeastern town of Baga left 187 dead, according to the Red Cross, in the deadliest episode since the insurgency began in 2009.

An area senator put the death toll from the attack at 228, but details remain murky about the clashes which also left nearly half the town destroyed after massive fires.

Human Rights Watch on Wednesday released satellite images showing massive destruction in Baga, voicing concern that the military has “tried to cover up” abuses that should be investigated by the International Criminal Court.

The military has pushed back aggressively against these reports and fiercely denied claims that soldiers fired on civilians or deliberately torched scores of homes.

The global rights watchdog said the insurgency in north and central Nigeria by Boko Haram has claimed 3,600 lives since 2009, including killings by the security forces.

Nigeria’s former oil minister, Shettima Ali Monguno, 87, was kidnapped Friday by gunmen who stormed his vehicle outside a mosque in the restive city of Maiduguri, a stronghold of Boko Haram.

Government and security officials met late Friday in Maiduguri to discuss ways to effect his safe release, officials said.

simple4guys at 07:54 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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what is happening in this country Nigeria
winace at 07:57 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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Wat is wrong wit dis people sef.
chylind5 at 07:58 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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My God!!! What is all these?
zeesexie at 08:16 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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Dese muslims jus like trouble. How does dia chants affect u? Uncivilized uneducated mistakes
osamabinladin at 08:23 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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 Sad Angry
donslmnstvn at 08:30 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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God help dis country called nigeria
zoe61 at 08:34 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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blood suking musilms any little thing provoc them; they just so unhappy ppl
cadanre at 08:38 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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These blood suckers believed that they could only reach their PROMISE LAND by slaughtering innocent people.

torrejon_men at 08:40 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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dickman2 at 08:40 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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toibeli at 08:46 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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I always felt that these people cannot co-exist, the best solution is for them to stay away from each other.
paulohking at 08:47 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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Enough is enough pls, enough of dis killing
dlimelite at 08:51 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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 Sad Sad Sad Sad
arsenal123 at 09:07 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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Call me any thing but never call me a muslim...
arsenal123 at 09:10 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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islam is trouble in every country...sunni or a country where islam is that does not just suck?.............there are none.................from Iraq to Pakistan...Syria to the Philippines and Indonesia............even in France and England now are beginning to suck in areas where there are muslims.....islam is a real bummer...
arsenal123 at 09:11 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
Divine5678 at 09:12 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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Muslims will be blamed if Christians take their arms against them now.that will not favour them if they don't that.civil war is smelling in this country.
nobleladyG at 09:31 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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Islam Sucks. Idol worshiper r far better dan them

nonsovin at 09:33 PM, 4/05/2013 (5 years ago)
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 Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry
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