13 Dead in Nigeria After Clashes Between Christian and Muslim Youth

ICC Note: Officials are investigating the cause of three days’ worth of violent clashes between Christian and Muslim youths in Nigeria. At least 13 people were killed between Monday and Wednesday although local officials say the number is higher. No one knows for sure why the violence started.

02/28/2018 Nigeria (Daily Nation) – At least 13 people have been killed in clashes between Christian and Muslim youths in central Nigeria, police said on Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit the region.

Fighting broke out on Monday in Kasuwan Magani community in Kaduna state, about 45 kilometres (28 miles) by road from the state capital, Kaduna city.

“The mayhem led to the death of 13 people with many houses and shops burnt,” Kaduna state police commissioner Austin Iwar told AFP by telephone.

Local reports gave a higher death toll.

Iwar said 20 suspects have been arrested, and troops and police had been deployed to quell the violence.

“The place is now calm. I was in the village yesterday to implore the community and traditional leaders to appeal to the warring youths to sheath their swords,” he added.

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