Buildings burn, death toll mounts in central Nigeria

Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:05pm GMT
 

* At least 15 killed in weekend violence around Jos

* Fuel stations, college burned

* Death toll from Bauchi unrest rises to at least 19

By Shuaibu Mohammed

JOS, Nigeria, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Youths dragged people from their cars and murdered them at illegal roadblocks in central Nigeria over the weekend, while rioters burned fuel stations and homes in the latest clashes between Christian and Muslim gangs.

Youths from the mostly Christian Berom ethnic group set up the roadblocks on Saturday at Gada Biu, on the edge of the city of Jos, stopping vehicles and pulling out people they believed to be Muslims, witnesses said.

One witness, who asked not to be named, said he had counted 15 bodies, although the security forces could not confirm this.

The latest burst of violence in Plateau state, where an estimated 200 people have been killed in ethnic and religious clashes over the past month, was triggered when Muslim youths attended a burial ceremony near a Christian village on Friday.   Continued...

 
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