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Nigeria Attack Leaves at Least 13 Dead in Central Region

September 11, 2011

(Updates with comment from Ayuba in second paragraph.)

Sept. 9 (Bloomberg) -- At least 13 people were killed in Nigeria in an attack in the central Plateau state village of Tsohuwan Forom, a region racked by fighting between Christian and Muslim ethnic groups, said Pam Ayuba, a spokesman for the state government.

“Eight people from one family were killed and two of their neighbors while three others were killed at Gashishi,” a nearby settlement, Ayuba said today by phone from Jos, the state capital. The attacks happened around midnight local time yesterday, he said.

At least 70 people have been killed in Plateau state in less than two weeks in the latest violence between Christians and Muslims. Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer and most populous nation of about 140 million people, is roughly split between a mainly Muslim north and a predominantly Christian south.

More than 14,000 people died in ethnic and religious clashes in the West African nation between 1999 and 2009, according to the Brussels-based International Crisis Group.

--With assistance from Elisha Bala-Gbogbo in Abuja. Editors: Emily Bowers, Eddie Buckle.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ardo Hazzad in Bauchi, Nigeria at ahazzad@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dulue Mbachu at dmbachu@bloomberg.net


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