Gunmen Attack Village Killing 16 in Nigeria

Published on Saturday 7th May 2011

Nigerian police say attackers killed 16 people in a mostly Christian village late Friday.The attackers also set fire to more than one dozen homes in the village in Bauchi state.Nigeria has a history of deadly clashes between Muslim and Christians.Last month, riots broke out in the predominantly Muslim north after incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the south, won reelection. Supporters of his challenger in the race, Muhammadu Buhari, attacked churches, homes, and a police station, sparking counterattacks by Christians. Media reports say more than 100 people were killed in the violence, though officials have declined to give a death toll for fear of prompting more attacks.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.



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