Christian-Muslim clashes flare in Nigeria after Christmas Eve bombings

By Reuters Staff
December 26, 2010

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(Photo: After an explosion in Nigeria’s central city of Jos on December 25, 2010 picture/Afolabi Sotunde)

Clashes broke out between armed Christian and Muslim groups near the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, a Reuters witness said, after Christmas Eve bombings in the region killed more than 30 people.

Buildings were set ablaze and people were seen running for cover as the police and military arrived on the scene in an effort to disperse crowds. This correspondent saw dozens of buildings on fire and injured people covered in blood being dragged by friends and family to hospital.

The unrest was triggered by explosions on Christmas Eve in villages near Jos, capital of Plateau state, that killed at least 32 people and left 74 critically injured. Pope Benedict condemned the attacks, which killed six people in two churches.

The governor of Plateau state has said the bombings were politically motivated terrorism, aimed at pitting Christians against Muslims to start another round of violence.

Christians, Muslims and animists from a patchwork of ethnic groups live peacefully side by side in most Nigerian cities.

Read the full story by Afolabi Sotunde in Jos here. See also Christmas Eve attacks kill at least 38 in Nigeria.

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This is a real tragedy. Both religions were imposed to the Africans by the Arab and European colonialists during the process of cultural domination and control. What happened to the African Gods? They abandoned their gods for foreign gods.Africans everywhere should wake up and return to the alma matter Vodun or Vaudou or Voodoo which is the progenitor of all religions. The same people that copy from the Africans now are saying that we have no history and culture. It is amazing!

Posted by PierreLherisson | Report as abusive

“Which is the progenitor of all religions”????

Not so. Not of my religion.

Posted by Brazilian1 | Report as abusive