New deadly attack reported in Nigeria's Jos

The army, which has been enforcing a dusk-to-dawn curfew in and around Jos since January, could not confirm any attack.

New deadly attack reported in Nigeria's Jos

At least 13 bodies including those of women and children lay in a village near the central Nigerian city of Jos on Wednesday after an attack by raiders armed with machetes, a Reuters witness said.

Plateau State radio said the attack on the village in the Riyom area, 30 km (19 miles) south of Jos, took place at about 1:30 am (0030 GMT), citing the Riyom local council chairman. The report said women and children were among the dead.

"We have heard that a village was attacked last night," a Red Cross spokesman in Jos told Reuters, adding the agency had sent a team of volunteers to the village.

The army, which has been enforcing a dusk-to-dawn curfew in and around Jos since January, could not confirm any attack.

"Up until now the commander on the ground in the area has not sent any report," army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Galadima Shekari said.

Plateau State, of which Jos is the capital, lies at the crossroads of Nigeria's Muslim north and Christian south, a region known as the "Middle Belt".

Fierce competition for control of fertile farmlands between Christian and animist indigenous groups and Muslim settlers from the north have repeatedly triggered unrest in the region over the past decade.

Four days of clashes killed more than 400 Muslims around Jos in January, according to local community leaders.

Violence flared again 10 days ago with attacks on the mostly Christian villages of Dogo Nahawa, Zot and Ratsat just south of Jos, in which hundreds more people are feared to have been killed.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Mart 2010, 11:51

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