Muslims Attack Christians at Funeral in Nigeria, 20 Dead

Muslims Attack Christians at Funeral in Nigeria, 20 Dead

At least 20 people were killed in violent clashes between Christian and Muslim mobs in central Nigeria’s Taraba state on Friday, prompting a round-the-clock curfew, an aid worker has told AFP.

Authorities have imposed a curfew in the area following the bloody clashes, officials said.

Local residents said Friday’s violence erupted when the funeral procession of a traditional chief from the predominantly Christian Jukun ethnic group marched through a Muslim neighbourhood chanting slogans, which Muslims viewed as an act of provocation.

Tensions have been on the rise in the mostly Christian town of Wukari since February, when a dispute over the use of a football pitch between Muslim and Christian soccer teams set off sectarian riots that claimed several lives.

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