Christians in Nigeria kill 7 Muslims returning from wedding

The killings sparked a youth protests in the central city of Jos.

Christians in Nigeria kill 7 Muslims returning from wedding

Christians in Nigeria killed seven Muslims who was returning from a wedding by bus.

The killings sparked a youth protests in the central city of Jos on Saturday.

The Muslims were on their way back from a wedding when they were attacked late on Friday after their bus got lost near a predominantly Christian village which was at the centre of ethnic and religious clashes last year, witnesses said.

"We received a report ... that youths blocked the road and attacked them inside their bus, killing seven people, while one escaped," said Ahmed Garba, an official from Nigeria's Muslim umbrella group Jama'atu Nasril Islam.

Initial reports said all eight had been killed.

Muslim youths set up burning barricades in parts of the Kwararasa neighbourhood of Jos when news of the attack on the bus spread, but a military taskforce which has been policing the city since last year's unrest was able to disperse them.

Garba said one youth was killed in the rioting and his body had been taken to the local mosque. The streets were deserted by nightfall as soldiers patrolled, residents said.

President Goodluck Jonathan, a southerner, faces a tough election battle with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a northerner, and some analysts fear the national debate could become polarised around north-south rivalries.

Jonathan's candidacy is controversial because of an agreement in the ruling party that power should rotate between the north and the south every two terms.

Jonathan inherited the presidency after his predecessor, northerner Umaru Yar'Adua, died last year during his first term and some in the ruling party say only a northerner can serve what should have been Yar'Adua's second term.


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