Police: Communal clashes in Nigeria kill at least 30

By REUTERS
May 4, 2013 20:03

 
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ABUJA, Nigeria - Clashes between rival ethnic groups have killed at least 30 people in eastern Nigeria's Taraba state since they erupted on Friday, police said.

Members of the Jukun ethnic group were marching through the small commercial town of Wukari to a funeral when an argument broke out with local Hausa and Fulani youths, which quickly degenerated into pitched battles with guns and machetes. Attackers also set fire to around 30 houses, police said.

"Now we are in full control, although the crisis claimed 30 lives," police spokesman for Taraba state Joseph Kwaji said, adding that 40 suspects had been arrested.

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