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Curfew relaxed after sectarian violence

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Latest update : 2010-03-19

Nigerian authorities have eased a curfew imposed in the city of Jos, where waves of sectarian violence left around 300 dead in January and 500 massacred on March 7. The new curfew was reduced from 12 to nine hours.

AFP - Nigerian authorities Thursday relaxed a curfew imposed in the flashpoint city of Jos after sectarian carnage in January as the security situation had improved, a senior official said.
  
"Given the improvement in security situation in Jos and Bukuru ... the curfew has been relaxed by three hours," Plateau State Information Commissioner Gregory Yenlong told AFP.
  
"The curfew time is now from 9:00 pm (2000 GMT) to 6:00 am (0500 GMT). This is to enable people have more time to conduct their activities and to restore confidence that security has improved," he said.
  
The curfew was imposed on Jos and its environs following the January violence in which more than 300 people were killed, according to police. It was in force for 12 hours starting at 6:00 pm.
  
After the January bloodshed, Muslim herdsmen disguised as soldiers Wednesday butchered and then torched around a dozen Christians in two villages near Jos.
  
Most of the victims of the latest raid on Byei and Batem villages in the Riyom region of the central Plateau state were women and children, state radio reported.

Date created : 2010-03-19

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