Thursday, February 23, 2006

Bodies pile up after Nigeria riot

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Bodies pile up after Nigeria riot: "The city of Onitsha in south-eastern Nigeria is calm after two days of anti-Muslim riots left many dead. Nigerian human rights workers say they have counted 80 bodies following two days of reprisal attacks by crowds of Christians armed with machetes.

They went on the rampage after the killing of more than 30 Christians in riots in two mainly Muslim towns in northern Nigeria at the weekend. Nigeria's 120 million people are roughly equally divided between Muslims from the north and Christians and animists in the south.

Relations between the two groups - and the country's many ethnic groups - are often tense. More than 10,000 people have been killed in communal clashes since 1999. "

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