Death toll hits 11 in Nigerian violence

SECTARIAN MAYHEM: One of the scenes during the Muslim-Christian clashes in Bauchi. ©  Sun News Publishing.
SECTARIAN MAYHEM: One of the scenes during the Muslim-Christian clashes in Bauchi. © Sun News Publishing.

KANO - Police have arrested seven people in connection with Muslim-Christian clashes in northern Nigeria as the death toll from the weekend unrest rose to 11 yesterday.

KANO - Police have arrested seven people in connection with Muslim-Christian clashes in northern Nigeria as the death toll from the weekend unrest rose to 11 yesterday.

"So far the number of those killed stands at 11," police spokesman Mohammed Barau said from Bauchi, state of the sectarian clashes that left 38 wounded.

Six churches and roughly a dozen houses were also torched, a Red Cross official said.

Muslim youths went on the rampage on Saturday, attacking Christians and burning churches.

They said their acts were reprisals for the burning of two mosques overnight in the state capital Bauchi.

Authorities in the city have deployed troops and imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in seven areas affected by the violence.

"Normalcy has been restored," Barau said.

But dozens nursed injuries in a state better known as home to one of Nigeria's major national parks.

"We have 38 persons who sustained varying degrees of injuries in the violence," Bauchi Red Cross secretary Adamu Abubakar said.

Hundreds of others displaced by the violence have sought refuge in military barracks, churches and two camps erected by the Red Cross.

Tensions have risen in Bauchi, a city of four million, since February 13 when Pentecostal Christians barricaded a pathway used by Muslims attending Friday prayers at a nearby mosque, residents said. - Sapa-AFP

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