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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Nigeria riots displace thousands

Wed, 25 Feb 2009 11:36:43 GMT | PressTV

A dusk-to-dawn curfew
has been in place
in the city.
Two days of sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims have left more than 4,500 people homeless in a northern Nigerian town.

"About 4,500 people have been displaced and they have been camped at two army barracks in the city," a local police commissioner told AFP on Tuesday.

The violence, blamed on disaffected local politicians in the Bauchi state, left 11 people dead and 100 other hospitalized.

Over 200 houses, six churches and three mosques were also burnt to rubble.

The city was nevertheless calm but tense on Tuesday, as troops deployed in the crisis-hit neighborhoods patrolled the area as part of a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

"The curfew is still in force, it will only be lifted when normalcy is fully restored and anybody who defies it will certainly be apprehended and prosecuted," the commissioner added.

Over 200 houses, 6 churches and 3 mosques were torched.
Bauchi, 300 km (200 miles) northeast of Abuja, was rocked by religious and political violence in November, when hundreds of people were killed in the central city of Jos.

Tension has been on the rise in the city of four million since February 13, when members of a Pentecostal church opposite a mosque in the area barricaded a pathway outside the church used by Muslims attending Friday prayers.

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