Saturday, May 7, 2011

An attack on a Christian village in northern Nigeria kills 16

Sixteen people have been killed on Friday during an attack on a Christian village in northern Nigeria, a region prey to the violence between Christians and Muslim communities, as reported by the police. Unidentified gunmen attacked at night the town of Kurume, in the state of Bauchi, one of the most affected by the violence that occurred in the country after last month's elections.

"According to my information, 16 people have been killed and 20 homes have been burned in the attack," said Amama Abakasanga commissioner of police in Bauchi. The police have deployed in the area to avoid an escalation of violence. The states of Kaduna and Bauchi have been the epicenter of the riots that erupted after the presidential elections of April 16, who won the Head of State, Goodluck Jonathan.

During the violence, more than 500 people were killed and nearly 74,000 were displaced, according to humanitarian organizations. The military deployment and the establishment of a curfew had failed to restore calm.

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