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NIGERIA

8 killed in clashes; mosques, church burned

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.

ETHIOPIA

AU: Bashir charges won’t help Darfur

ADDIS ABABA | The International Criminal Court’s decision to accuse Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of genocide will not solve the problems of war-torn Darfur, the African Union said Wednesday.

The AU repeatedly has voiced opposition to the court’s arrest warrant against Mr. Bashir, arguing that it will jeopardize efforts to resolve the Darfur conflict.

“Nothing has changed. This charge does not solve the problem in Darfur. In fact, it is the contrary,” AU chief Jean Ping told Agence France-Presse.

“We have no problem with the ICC, and we are against impunity. But the way prosecutor [Luis Moreno-]Ocampo is rendering justice is the issue.”

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