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Nigerian archbishop worried by Christian-Muslim clashes

August 30, 2011

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, voiced sadness and frustration at a new episode of violence between Christians and Muslims in central Nigeria.

The latest bloodshed occurred in Jos on August 29, when a group of Muslims headed off to celebrate the end of Ramadan encountered a group of Christians. A dispute ensued, escalating quickly into violence. An exact accounting of the casualties has not yet been made, but some deaths and injuries and widespread property damage has been reported.

"It is really depressing and even embarrassing, to receive daily reports of attacks caused by bombs and violence in different parts of the country,” the archbishop said, referring to the sectarian clashes that have become common in the region. “All this is quite alarming.”


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