Violence shows Christian, Muslim split in Nigeria

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January 2, 2011 19:04

 
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Multiple explosions rocked a central Nigerian city, another bomb killed at least four at an army barracks in the capital and a radical Muslim sect burned churches in the northwest.

The new violence over the past two weeks highlights the tensions between Nigeria's two major faiths — Christians and Muslims — and threatens peace ahead of the young democracy's April presidential election.

Africa's most populous country, home to 150 million people, has seen tens of thousands die in the violence between Christians and Muslims since it gained independence from Britain in 1960. While members of the two faiths intermarry and live peacefully in much of the country, political, economic and ethnic rivalries often fuel violence between the two faiths.


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