At least 80 dead in Nigeria clashes

At least 80 dead in Nigeria clashes
# 20 June 2012 16:53 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. At least 80 people have been killed since Monday in clashes in northern Nigeria triggered by Islamists waging an insurgency against the government, figures from police and the Red Cross showed on Wednesday. APA reports quoting Reuters that the violence - some of which was sparked by church bombings over the last three Sundays - has heightened sectarian tensions in Africa’s most populous country, which is evenly split between Christians and Muslims.

Boko Haram insurgents waged gun battles with security forces in the remote northeastern city of Damaturu, near the radical sect’s heartland, throughout Tuesday, police chief for the surrounding Yobe state Patrick Egbuniwe told Reuters.

He said 40 people were killed, 34 insurgents and six security personnel.

In separate clashes between Muslim and Christian residents of the northern city of Kaduna on Tuesday, at least 40 people were killed and 62 wounded, according to local Red Cross official Awwal Sani.

His organization was helping collect bodies and treats the wounded, following riots in which Muslim youths fired AK-47 rifles, burned tyres and destroyed a church in Kaduna.
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