Sunday, January 31, 2010

Catholics Attacked In Nigeria

Didn't see this on the nightly news or anywhere else really. It was over a week ago. I got an email about it last night, so I'm reproducing it here in case everybody else was as clueless as me. The NY Times Online had the story:

Angry Muslim youths set a church filled with worshippers ablaze in northern Nigeria, starting a riot that killed at least 27 people and wounded more than 300 others in the latest religious violence in the region, officials said Monday.

About 5,000 people lost their homes as rioters also burned mosques and homes in Jos, a city that saw more than 300 residents killed during a similar uprising in 2008, said local Red Cross official Auwal Muhammad Madobi. He said he had no information about deaths. Police officials declined to offer a count of the dead.

Sani Mudi, a spokesman for the local imam, said 22 people died Sunday after rioters set fire to a Catholic church, starting a daylong wave of violence between Christians and Muslims. Five others died Monday from their wounds, and police and soldiers set up numerous road blocks throughout Jos.

An Associated Press reporter saw the bodies of 10 dead youths, marked with bullet holes and machete wounds, at a local hospital on Monday. On Sunday, witnesses told reporters they saw 10 bodies at a mosque in the city. It was unclear if the bodies in the hospital were the same ones seen in the mosque.

The whole thing escalated rapidly but appears to have calmed a bit since then. Everybody claims not to know how it all started. We'll take them at their word for that, I guess.

1 comment:

Roisin said...

I think we can all guarantee that if the attacks had happened in reverse, we'd have heard about this already. Sad.