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Nigeria's Spiral of Violence

Over the past few months, Nigeria has been beset by a series of localised conflicts. Some of them have pitched Muslims against Christians, but all of them have fallen across different tribal and cultural divides. Most recently, the Tiv and the Jukun ethnic groups of the central states of Benue and Taraba have fought each other over access to land. When the army deployed to try and bring peace to the area, the mission went tragically wrong and 19 soldiers were abducted and killed by a local militia group. Despite pleas from community leaders, the army returned to the area in force and, in a ferocious revenge attack, killed over 200 unarmed civilians. Full Story

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