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Muslims seek Nigeria clash probe

A spokesman for Nigeria’s Muslims has called for a judicial enquiry into clashes in the central Plateau State, which claimed at least 67 lives. Justice Abdulkadir Orire told the BBC that some 200 Muslims were killed when they were attacked by Christian militiamen with machine guns. Some 600 armed police have been sent to the town of Yelwa to restore order. A curfew has been imposed in Yelwa and the security forces have been told to shoot trouble-makers on sight. Justice Orire, a retired judge, also urged the Plateau State governor to clarify reports that he told non-indigenous people to leave. BBC Africa analyst Elizabeth Blunt says that “‘non-indigenes” means the Muslim community, even though it may be 100 years since their families settled in the area. Plateau State police commissioner Innocent Iluzuoke told the BBC that the police had counted 67 dead but it was impossible to say exactly how many people had been killed because townspeople had already started burying their dead. Full Story

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