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20 dead in Muslim attack on Christian funeral

At least 20 people have been killed in a violent attack on a Christian funeral in Nigeria

by The Commentator on 4 May 2013 13:10

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At least 20 people have been murdered in a violent attack on a Christian funeral in central Nigeria's Taraba state on Friday. A round-the-clock curfew is now in place as a result of the "Muslim mob" action, according to a report by the Agence France Presse.

An aid worker told the AFP, "We have recovered 20 bodies from the violence so far," adding that the unrest had occurred in the town of Wukari, some 125 miles from the state capital Jalingo.

"We are still going round the town in search of more bodies," he said on condition of anonymity. AFP reports that the source was not authorised to speak to the media about death tolls.

A curfew has been imposed in the area, said officials, in an effort to contain the violence.

Residents reported that Friday's violence erupted when the funeral procession of a traditional chief from the predominantly Christian Jukun ethnic group marched through a Muslim neighbourhood chanting slogans, which Muslims viewed as an act of provocation.

Tensions have been on the rise in the mostly Christian town of Wukari since February, when a dispute over the use of a football pitch between Muslim and Christian soccer teams set off sectarian riots that claimed several lives.

Read more on: islam, christians, christianity, christians in Nigeria, nigeria, and Islamism in Nigeria
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