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60 killed in Nigeria clashes

world Updated: Jan 19, 2010 23:10 IST

The communal-violence between Muslims and Christians escalated today in the Nigerian town of Jos as rioters set houses on fire and burned vehicles, forcing authorities to impose a 24-hour curfew in the region where at least 60 people have been killed.

The clashes between Christians and Muslims erupted over alleged burning of a church. The Red Cross said they are
taking care of more than 5000 displaced persons and some wounded in the fracas. The town which is the capital city of
Plateau State started witnessing an orgy of violence on Sunday which has led to the loss of an unconfirmed 60 lives.

Eyewitnesses say the violence started following a disagreement over the rebuilding of homes destroyed in similar
clashes in 2008.

"Security activities have been beefed up across the Northern states like Kaduna and Kano states which have history
of violent confrontations," Imam Imam a journalist told PTI.

The Plateau state commissioner for information Gregory Yenlong announced on radio that the state has placed a 24-hour curfew. "All residents are hereby directed to stay indoors as security agents work towards restoring peace."