Nigeria: 20 Killed In Religious Rioting In Jos

At least twenty people have been reported killed in a religious riot in Jos on Monday.

According to officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, the fighting began after Muslims started praying in a predominantly Christian neighborhood in the city. Officials with a local Muslim group said the unidentified attackers used knives, machetes and bows and arrows.

About 50 vehicles and 100 motorcycles were also reportedly set ablaze during the fighting.

Army and police have moved into the affected neighborhood.

In January 2011, there were almost daily clashes between Christian and Muslim mobs in villages around Jos since a series of bombs had been detonated during Christmas Eve celebrations a month earlier, killing scores of people.

A witness said Christians involved in the clashes spoke of preventing Muslims from marking their holiday in revenge for a string of bombs that exploded in Jos on Christmas Eve last year.

  1. Sadie Rose Reply

    Please do not blame only Muslims for these new riots. ‘Christian’ youths looking for revenge for the 2010 riots are also to blame. If these youths were truly christians they would realize that vengeance is the Lords.

    Leviticus 19:18 “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of
    your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”

  2. A O OKEWU Reply

    I THINK CHRISTIANS SHOULD PRAY THAT ONCE AGAIN G0D WOULD REVIEW THEIR PLANS TO US,THEN IF WE CAN REVIEW THIER PLANS TO THEM THEN THEY WILL KNOW THAT WE ARE SERVING A LIVING GOD THAN FIGHTING THEM:WHAT IS THE DEFFERENT BETWEEN YOU AND THEM?LET GOD DO IT AGAIN AS HE DID IT IN THE DAY OF ELIJAH.

    • Rejane Reply

      If I may allow me to give an outsider’s pvtspecriee as someone from the East. Something that fundamentally separates Eastern Africans with Naija folks is the general volume levels. East Africans tend to be quite a subdued, quiet people and even when we are arrogant tend to express this arrogance in a quiet manner.West Africans on the other hand are loud, expressive and whereas these may seem like adjectives instead of values I think that perhaps these adjectives are expressions of some deeply held beliefs and values….a strong desire to be heard, wearing one’s heart always on one’s sleeves, perhaps?But that one I have heard and seen over and over and over again….East Africa is almost on mute when compared with our West African brothers and sisters.

  3. real Reply

    The rate of fighting and killings of Igbo Christians have gotten out of control. Nigeria should be divided that will give peace a chance. Igbo’s should be given independence!

  4. Nan -d Reply

    Ah… Y should sallah b cellebrated in peace in jos? when holly chrismas was nt celebrated in peace.

  5. Katvil Barnabas Mapring Reply

    Muslim are known with voilence as there symbol in Nigeria,(JOS § MAIDUGURI) they no wan peace at all y?

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