Over 300 arrested from Christian-Muslim unrest in Nigeria – report

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Jan 26, 2010, 10:24 GMT

Nairobi/Abuja – Nigerian police have arrested over 300 suspects in the wake of last week’s bloody clashes between Christians and Muslims in the city of Jos, The Punch newspaper reported Tuesday.

The paper cited a police spokesman in reporting the figure, with 139 of those arrested having been taken to the capital Abuja.

The number of those killed in the unrest was put at 362. Meanwhile some 40,000 people have fled Jos and surrounding towns, according to Nigeria‘s national crisis centre.

Police chief Ikehukwu Aduma condemned what he called ‘senseless violence’ committed in which religion was just used as an excuse.

Jos has repeatedly been the scene of such clashes in recent years, resulting in hundreds of deaths.

Human rights groups and the Nigerian lawyers’ association over the past few days have criticised the fact that not a single person involved in such past violence had ever been charged or sentenced.

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