Saturday, July 17, 2010

At least eight people have been killed in an attack by machete-wielding assailants near the city of Jos in Nigeria

The unidentified attackers descended on a village on the outskirts of Jos, burning about 10 houses, officials said. Some reports said the dead included the family of a Christian priest. Clashes between rival communities - Hausa Muslims and Berom Christians - have left hundreds dead in 2010. Witnesses said the men attacked the family of Rev Nuhu Dawat in the village of Mazah, 7 miles from the state capital of Jos, killing his wife, two children and a grandson. The priest ran for his life. Deadly riots in 2001, 2008 and 2010 left hundreds of people dead.

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