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Five die in central Nigeria sectarian clash

world Updated: Jul 22, 2011 10:28 IST

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Five persons died and 12 were injured in a sectarian clashes in Nigeria's crises-prone central city of Jos.

Military spokesman for the Joint Task Force (JTF) captain Charles Ekeocha said that a Muslim identified as Dahiru Musa was purportedly invited by some Christians to repair a door key but was later found dead in Angwan Rukuba locality of the town.

"On hearing of the development, Muslim youths in the area came for reprisal and the ensuing fracas between them and some Christian youths led to the death of five people on the spot while twelve sustained injuries," he said.

While the clashes in Jos yesterday are not related to bombings and shootings allegedly carried out by Boko Haram Islamic sect in the northern part of the country, they might be a communal fight for land control in the oil rich African country's central region.

More than 2,000 have died in ethnic and religious related clashes within the state since last year.

Late January this year, a raid carried out by assailants suspected to be from the Fulani ethnic community on Bere village led to the death of 18 persons including the alleged leader of the attackers identified as Musa Haruna.

A week before the raid, three persons, including an off-duty policeman were killed within the city causing counter attacks.

Angry Christian youths, who suspected that the murdered policeman was of their faith, protested the killing and some Muslims came out to protect their members of their faith leading to a violent confrontation.

Nigeria's 150 million population is shared equally among Muslims and the Christians.

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