Hundreds Death After Nigerian Ethnic Attack

March 8, 2010

Nigeria (ChattahBox) – Hundreds of people, most of which are reportedly women and children, are dead after men with machetes stormed Jos and began slaughtering people en mass.

The ethnically motivated killings were performed by men from around the nearby hills, who fled after the devastating attack.

Dozens have been arrested in connection to the genocide, but it is not clear how many took part.

“We saw mainly those who are helpless, like small children and then the older men, who cannot run, these were the ones that were slaughtered,” Mark Lipdo from the Christian charity group, the Stefanos Foundation, said.

The horrific attack is said to have been a revenge slaughter for the 200 that died in January in the region during a deadly clash between Christian and Muslim groups.

The local government claims 95 arrests have been made with more to come, and troops have stabilized the villages for now.

According to Caroline Duffield, a BBC correspondent in Nigeria, the violence is more likely to have been a part of the continued struggle for land in the Nigerian Middle Belt.

She says in a report on the issue that the conflicts, while partially motivated by ethnic and religious reasons, are also a fight for the more fertile spaces of land.



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