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15 killed in ethnic violence in Nigeria

At least 15 people, including a police officer, were killed in ethnic violence in Nigeria's central city of Jos.

world Updated: Nov 25, 2011 01:36 IST

At least 15 people, including a police officer, were killed in ethnic violence in Nigeria's central city of Jos.

The clashes broke out after members of the Berom community allegedly retaliated against the killings of three of their youths by the Fulani community, leading to the deaths of four of their members.

Eyewitnesses said two churches, an Islamic school and 20 other buildings were burnt in the violence in which police officer Dalyop Pinda and four children were also killed.

Sixty suspects had been arrested and were being interrogated, state government's spokesman Abraham Yiljap said.

The military was deployed in the area, which is known for its recurring outbreak of hostilities, and a 24-hour curfew was imposed.

Hundreds of people have died in clashes, that have sometimes taken religious tones, involving ethnic Fulanis, who are Muslims, and Beroms, who observe Christianity, in Jos.