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Sunday, 30 November 2008
Nigerian Mobs Burn Churches and Mosques as 10,000 Flee Violence
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This region of Nigeria isn't exactly quiet and peaceful either this weekend. From Bloomberg.
Fighting between Christian and Muslims in the Nigerian city of Jos entered a third day as mobs burned churches, mosques and homes, leaving at least 80 dead and forcing 10,000 to flee.
The death toll exceeded 350, according to This Day newspaper, based in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos.
The main mosque in Jos claims to have received 367 bodies already.
The violence followed local elections in Plateau state on Nov. 27, with fighting flaring in the capital Jos between indigenous, mainly Christian Berom people and predominantly Muslim Hausa-speaking settlers supporting rival candidates.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with more than 140 million people, is almost evenly split between a mainly Muslim north and a largely Christian south. Parts of the country’s center fall into a religious fault-line that erupts periodically into violence.
The local government elections resulted in victory for the Christian-backed ruling People’s Democratic Party, which won in all 17 councils including Jos city. The results prompted protests by supporters of the Muslim-backed opposition All Nigeria People’s Party.

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Posted on 11/30/2008 6:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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