Sectarian massacre in Nigeria’s Plateau state

Nigeria

Nigerian authorities imposed a curfew in Jos, capital of north-central Plateau state, after at least 20 Muslim travelers passing through the city were massacred by a¬†presumed Christian militia Aug. 14. The Muslims, mostly of the Fulani ethnicity, were in a convoy of vehicles, returning to their homes in Ondo and Ekiti states from a celebration in neighboring Bauchi state¬†marking the start of¬†Muharram, the Islamic new year. In Jos, the¬†convoy was caught in a traffic jam, and the vehicles set upon by militiamen‚ÄĒthe occupants slain with¬†machetes, daggers and other weapons. The assailants were apparently¬†Christians of the¬†Irigwe ethnicity. Northern¬†and central Nigeria have for years seen growing violence between Muslim semi-nomadic herders and Christian farmers over control of land and water.

However, authorities are saying that this attack was not spontaneous, but planned in advance. “It is clear this was a well-conceived and pre-arranged assault on a known target, location and religious persuasion of the travellers, not an opportunist ambush,”¬†President Muhammadu¬†Buhari said. Several arrests have been made.¬†(BBC News, Reuters,¬†WION, Sahara Reporters, Daily Trust, Abuja)

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