Nigeria violence: At least two dozen killed in sectarian clashes


Fleeing residents head home on April 30, 2013 after Islamist clash with soldiers on April 25, 2013 in the remote northeast town of Baga, Borno State.


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At least two dozen people were killed in sectarian clashes in Nigeria's Taraba state Friday.

The violence began when a funeral procession of a Christian chief marched through a Muslim neighborhood chanting slogans, which residents believed was provocative.

"There was fighting between some Christian and Muslim mobs yesterday in Wukari during the funeral procession of a traditional ruler but the situation has been brought under control by security personnel and we are awaiting a comprehensive report on the situation," said Joseph Kwaji, Taraba state police spokesman.

The violence occurred in the town of Wukari, about 200 km from the state capital Jalingo.

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The town was placed on a 24-hour curfew after the attacks.

Tensions between Muslims and Christians in the town is palpable with violence claiming several dozen lives over the last few months.

North Nigeria, where the violence occurred, has been wracked by attacks over the last few years of the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

Nigeria has a population of 160 million people and has more than 250 different ethnicities.