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  • Zafar Khan
    80 killed as members of Nigerian Christian tribe attacks Muslim group: police http://canadaeast.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040504/CPW/30534027 ABUJA,
    Message 1 of 1 , May 4, 2004
      80 killed as members of Nigerian Christian tribe
      attacks Muslim group: police

      http://canadaeast.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040504/CPW/30534027

      ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Fighters of a predominantly
      Christian tribe attacked a Nigerian town dominated by
      a rival Muslim ethnic group, razing homes and mosques
      and killing at least 80 people, Nigerian police said
      Tuesday.

      The ethnic Tarok assailants, armed with machetes,
      British colonial-era muskets and homemade guns,
      attacked the predominantly Hausa town of Yelwa, 340
      kilometres east of the capital of Abuja, Monday
      morning, said Raymond Nyama, a police officer who
      visited the scene.

      Although the motive was unclear, the attack came a
      week after Hausas launched an attack on the Tarok
      village of Kawo, burning churches and inflicting an
      unknown number of casualties.

      Police counted 80 bodies in the streets following
      Monday's attack, Nyama added. An unknown number of
      mosques were burned.

      Nigeria's ThisDay newspaper put the death toll at 100
      or more, with three mosques and more than 1,000 homes
      destroyed.

      Tens of thousands of residents were fleeing the area
      on foot, carrying whatever possessions they could
      carry, police said.

      The Christian Tarok farmers and predominantly-Muslim
      Hausa traders and cattle herdsmen have launched
      back-and-forth raids since an outbreak of religious
      violence in the city of Jos left more than 1,000
      people dead in 2001.

      Since January, violence has surged, killing hundreds
      in the region of fertile farms and pastures, police
      and civic groups say.

      Religious, ethnic and political enmities have fuelled
      outbreaks of communal bloodletting resulting in more
      than 10,000 killed since President Olusegun Obasanjo
      was first elected in 1999, ending 15 years of
      repressive military rule.






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