Nigeria

Violence in Jos after death of Muslim teenager

AFP

Four Christians were killed this weekend in Jos, the capital of Nigeria’s Plateau State, as hundreds of angry youths went on a rampage after a Muslim teenager was found dead Saturday morning.

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“It was not a full-scale riot, but there was tension,” Dan Marjan, spokesperson for Plateau State, told RFI.

Dan Marjan, spokesperson, Plateau State, Nigeria

Police confirmed they had reports that a Christian was killed, and the army spokesperson in Jos, Brigadier General Donald Orji, said three other Christians were stabbed to death.

Earlier, a 17-year-old student had been found dead on a building site.

“The community wanted to know why the fellow was killed, but they have no clue who killed him, so they wanted to take the law into their hands,” said Marjan, explaining the protests that turned violence. “But luckily the military was able to disperse them.”

Soldiers shot into the air to disperse people after groups of Muslims and Christians regrouped in order to attack each other, according Orji.

Hundreds of people have been killed in sectarian violence in and around Jos, a fertile area on the border between Nigeria’s mostly Muslim north and Christian south.

On Friday sniffer dogs led police to shallow graves in a Christian village where police exhumed eight bodies, a senior officer said, bringing the number of exhumations to 15 in three days.

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