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More than 300 arrested over violent inter-religious clashes

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Latest update : 2010-01-25

Police in Nigeria's central Plateau state have arrested 313 suspects over last week's inter-religious violence that killed nearly 500 people, a spokesman said on Monday.

AFP - Police in Nigeria's central Plateau state have arrested 313 suspects over last week's inter-religious violence that killed nearly 500 people, a spokesman said Monday.

"We have 313 people arrested," state police spokesman Mohammed Lerama told AFP. He did not immediately give details of the charges they faced.

Vice President Goodluck Jonathan pledged last week that the ringleaders of the violence would be brought to justice "no matter how highly placed".

Figures provided by medical and aid officials, religious and community leaders as well as global rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) put the death toll in the clashes at 492.

Human Rights Watch, quoting figures provided by Muslim officials, said that 364 of those killed were Muslims.
 

Date created : 2010-01-25

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