Many dead in Nigerian election protests

By REUTERS
April 18, 2011 19:32

 
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KANO, Nigeria - Rioting erupted across Nigeria's largely Muslim north on Monday and the Red Cross said many people were killed as youths torched churches and homes in anger at President Goodluck Jonathan's election victory.

The vote count showed Jonathan, from the southern oil-producing Niger Delta, had beaten Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler from the north, in the first round.

Observers have called the poll the fairest in decades in Africa's most populous nation but Buhari's supporters accuse the ruling party of rigging and his Congress for Progressive Change Party rejected results announced so far. Those results show how politically polarised the country is, with Buhari sweeping the north and Jonathan winning the largely Christian south.

The Nigerian Red Cross said churches, mosques and homes had been burned in rioting across the north.

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