Snooker row sparks deadly Christian-Muslim clashes in Nigeria

By Reuters Staff
January 28, 2011

snookerClashes between Christian and Muslim youths in central Nigeria triggered by a game of snooker have killed four people and led to the burning of houses, churches and mosques, police said on Friday.

Christian-Muslim clashes flare in Nigeria after Christmas Eve bombings

By Reuters Staff
December 26, 2010

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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.

Nigerian air force joins bid to contain Islamist sect

By Reuters Staff
October 20, 2010

nigeria 1Nigeria’s security services are beefing up efforts to contain the radical Islamist sect Boko Haram in the remote north, launching joint army and police exercises and using attack helicopters to help with patrols.

Christian-Muslim identity tags in Nigerian struggle for land

March 11, 2010
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A funeral of victims in Dogo Nahawa village near Jos in central Nigeria, March 8, 2010/Akintunde Akinleye

North Africa Qaeda group offers to help Nigerian Muslims

February 1, 2010
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Farm truck attacked in Nigeria's central city of Jos as Muslim and Christian gangs clashed last month, 20 Jan 2010/Akintunde Akinleye

TIMELINE-Ethnic and religious unrest in Nigeria

January 23, 2010
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A man and his daughter outside a burned house in Jos,20 Jan 2010/Akintunde Akinleye

Nigeria bomber’s home town blames foreign schooling

December 28, 2009

For residents in his home town, it was Umar Abdulmutallab’s foreign education, not his roots in Muslim northern Nigeria, that radicalized him and led him to try to blow up a U.S. passenger plane.

from Africa News blog:

Was Nigerian bomber a one-off?

December 28, 2009

SECURITY-AIRLINE/TRANSITQuite apart from the Nigerian would-be plane bomber’s lack of success, there are other reasons why Africa’s most populous nation cannot be expected to produce a rash of similar cases.

from Africa News blog:

Northern Nigeria erupts again

July 28, 2009











So far the exact toll from the latest bout of religious rioting in northern Nigeria is not clear. At least 150 have died and the toll may well go higher.

Rare look at Sunni-Shi’ite tensions in Nigeria

March 21, 2008

Sultan of Sokoto Saad Abubakar, spiritual leader of Nigeria’s Muslims, 3 March 2007/Afolabi SotundeSunni-Shi’ite tensions are regularly in the news, but usually from a small number of countries in or around the Middle East. Iraq, Lebanon and Pakistan are probably the most frequently mentioned. It’s much rarer to hear how Islam’s two main families get along (or don’t) further afield. Now, two of our reporters in Nigeria, Farouk Umar and Estelle Shirbon, have written a feature about sectarian strife in Sokoto, a historic Muslim city in the remote northwest of the country. As they explained: