Bodies in streets after Nigeria election riots

April 19, 2011 22:11


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KADUNA, Nigeria - Post-election riots in northern Nigeria have killed at least 33 people in major cities alone, according to a tally from witnesses and rescue workers, but the overall death toll is believed to be much higher.

Hundreds have been injured and thousands displaced by violence across the mostly-Muslim north after President Goodluck Jonathan won weekend elections. His rival, northerner and ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, says the vote was rigged.

Charred corpses lay in the Gonin-Gora neighborhood of Kaduna on Tuesday, one of them apparently "necklaced" with a burning tyre. Health workers had already collected a dozen bodies there. One picked up a severed foot.

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