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Ethnic clashes leave 35 dead in Nigeria

21 March 2013, 18:01

Johannesburg - Inter-communal clashes in Jos, in central Nigeria, have left at least 35 people dead and caused extensive damage to property, local media reported on Thursday.

The clashes, which took place on Wednesday, are the latest in tit-for-tat raids between communities in Jos, which has seen some of the most violent ethno-religious fighting in the country in recent years.

The Tribune newspaper reported that after hours of violence police forces and an elite crack squad stepped in and calm was returned to the area. Three people were arrested and are being questioned.

Jos is predominately Christian but sits just over the fault line between the mostly Muslim northern Nigeria and the south, which is largely Christian. The region is also plagued by disputes between farmers and herders.



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