Nigeria Mass Murder: Christians slaughtered in Reprisal Attacks
Mass Killings in Jos, Nigeria: Christians Murdered by Muslims in Reprisal Attacks
Groups of men armed with machetes slaughtered at least 200 to 500 people. Among the dead include an infant and four day old baby in central Nigeria, an area torn by sectarian violence between Christians and Muslims.
Apparently, the latest wave of attacks against Christians was revenge for January attacks in Jos against mostly Muslims.
Mark Lipdo, a program coordinator for the Stefanos Foundation, a Christian aid group, confirmed 93 dead in Dogo Nahawa village alone.
"These are the ones we know, but there are corpses charred beyond recognition," he said.
The youngest was just 3 months old, Lipdo said. Residents there also said the dead included a 4-day-old infant.
Sectarian Violence Rocks Central Nigeria
Jos sits at the boundary between Muslim and Christian regions of Nigeria and has been under curfew since January as it has increasingly become flash point for bloody clashes.
Gregory Yenlong, state commissioner for information in Plateau state, said: "Soldiers are patrolling and everywhere remains calm … we are estimating 500 people killed but I think it should be a little bit above that."
Acting President Goodluck Jonathan called an emergency meeting with all security service chiefs to discuss strategies to prevent clashes spreading to neighbouring states.