Newborn among 500 villagers slaughtered by machete gang
Published 09/03/2010 | 05:00
Rioters armed with machetes have slaughtered 500 villagers in Nigeria, including a four-day-old child.
The violence in three mostly Christian villages in Plateau State appeared to be reprisals after unrest in Jos in January when most of the victims were Muslims.
The rioters struck at 3am and fired shots to bring villagers from their homes before attacking them and burning down houses and churches.
"I saw the charred bodies of women, babies and old men. Machetes and other metallic instruments were used," Ugar Ukandi Odey, a local journalist, said after visiting Dogon Nahowa.
One young victim appeared to have been scalped.
Jos has been under a curfew enforced by the military since January's violence. It was not clear how the attackers eluded the curfew. Nigerian officials said 95 arrests had been made.
Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's acting president, said security agencies would be stationed along Plateau state's borders to keep outsiders from coming in with more weapons and fighters. (© Daily Telegraph, London)