Nigerian authorities reported that at least four people were killed in the latest outbreak of religious violence in the flashpoint city of Jos, capital of the centrally located Plateau State.
According to the National Emergency Management Agency, the fighting erupted late on Monday, after Muslims started their prayers in a predominantly Christian neighbourhood. Sources within the local Muslim community stated that the unidentified attackers used knives, machetes and bows and arrows to attack them. Over 50 vehicles and 100 motorcycles were torched during the fighting, after which the police and armed forces were deployed in the affected neighbourhood.
Jos is located in Nigeria’s Middle Belt and lies on the fault line between the Muslim north and the Christian south. Similar clashes are quite common, although they have been escalating in recent weeks.