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(Compass) – Fresh violence broke out in the central Nigerian state of Plateau on December 29, 2004, when Muslim militants attacked the village of Gana-Ropp, killing Christian community leader Davou Bulle and critically injuring his wife and son. Assailants shot Bulle in the chest as he and his family were returning home from their farm. The attack came just weeks after the federal government lifted a six-month state of emergency imposed on the state between May and November 2004. Police later announced the arrest of eight suspects in the attack. Plateau state Police Commissioner Joseph Apapa told journalists in Jos that the suspects, all Muslims, would be charged following the completion of investigations. Three years of religious violence in Plateau, beginning in September 2001, has left more than 10,000 people dead, the majority of them Christians.