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KANO | Christians and Muslims clashed in eastern Nigeria, leaving eight people dead and 40 seriously wounded, with six mosques and one church torched, police said Wednesday.
In the latest sectarian violence to rock the country, fighting broke out Tuesday between Muslim and Christian youths in Wukari, a town in Taraba state, over the building of a mosque on the premises of a local police headquarters.
A Christian mob opposed to the construction of the mosque razed it, Taraba state Police Commissioner Aliyu Musa told Agence France-Presse by phone from the state capital, Jalingo.
Muslims responded by attacking a nearby church, leading to the eruption of violence between the two sides, Mr. Musa said. Police sent in reinforcements, and the situation was calm on Wednesday in remote Taraba, one of Nigeria’s 36 states.
Taraba is predominantly Christian. It neighbors Plateau, the central Nigerian state whose capital, Jos, is a sectarian flash point.
Sectarian clashes occur frequently in Nigeria, particularly in the country’s north, with hundreds of people killed in violence this year alone.
The new clashes come weeks ahead of the one-year anniversary of an uprising by an Islamist sect in the northern city of Maiduguri.
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