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(Compass) – Fourteen Christians were among 17 people killed in the central state of Benue , Nigeria , after Muslim militants attacked the villages of Chilakera and Imbufu on April 10. A local government official, Tsenongo Abancha, told Compass that tensions between the two religious communities was fueled by the rape of a Christian student at the hands of two Muslim men. “This girl was not only raped by these Muslims, but was also poisoned to death on March 17,” Abancha said. Police have reportedly arrested nine people in connection with the incident, including relatives of the dead Christian girl. Meanwhile in the city of Lagos , a street fight broke out when Muslims accosted a Christian woman on a street near a mosque. The fight left four people hospitalized and caused considerable property damage.