Clashes in Nige­ria af­ter deadly Christ­mas bomb­ings

The Pak Banker - - 6i Nternational -

JOS: Sol­diers were pa­trolling the streets of the cen­tral Nige­rian city of Jos Mon­day, a day af­ter eth­nic clashes there left at least one per­son dead.

The lat­est vi­o­lence came just two days af­ter Christ­mas Eve bomb­ings in the city that killed at least 32 peo­ple, rais­ing fears ahead of the coun­try's April elec­tions.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple have died in pre­vi­ous out­breaks of vi­o­lence be­tween Chris­tian and Mus­lim eth­nic groups.

"There were some skir­mishes be­tween the two groups and it's un­der con­trol now," state po­lice com­mis­sioner Ab­dul­rah­man Akano told AFP. "One or two houses were burnt." Asked about deaths, he said, "we have seen only oneone per­son."

An AFP cor­re­spon­dent said at least two houses burned and heavy smoke was com­ing from an­other area of the city. He also said crowds ran through the streets ear­lier in the day, with some claim­ing peo­ple had been killed. The com­mis­sioner said the two groups in­volved in the clashes were "the lo­cals and the so-called set­tlers."

Chris­tians from the Berom eth­nic group are typ­i­cally re­ferred to as the in­di­genes in the re­gion, while Hausa-Fu­lani Mus­lims are seen as the more re­cent ar­rivals.

Many at­tribute un­rest in the re­gion to the strug­gle for po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic power be­tween the groups.

A spokesman for the gover­nor of Plateau state, where Jos is the cap­i­tal, said au­thor­i­ties had been de­ployed to con­trol youths ear­lier Sun­day, but he could not say what had oc­curred.

"There was ten­sion in cer­tain parts of the town where the bombs ex­ploded," said the spokesman, James Man­nok.

"What I heard was that the youths there are still ag­i­tated. The se­cu­rity agen­cies are con­trol­ling them."

Man­nok said the gover­nor, Jonah David Jang, had en­cour­aged youths to help the au­thor­i­ties spot sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity but stressed that Jang was not en­cour­ag­ing them to use vi­o­lence.

Nige­rian Vice Pres­i­dent Na­madi Sambo was due to visit the city Sun­day, but later can­celled. Man­nok could not say why.

A deputy chief for the na­tional po­lice ar­rived from the cap­i­tal and said four units of re­in­force­ments would come in from other states. -Afp

SEOUL: A South Korean woman walks by pic­tures show­ing traces of shells at­tacked by last month's North Korean bom­bard­ment on the Yeon­pyeong Is­land. -Ap

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