Nigeria on alert after 300 killed in clashes
Published 08/03/2010 | 05:00
NIGERIA'S acting president yesterday ordered the security forces to hunt down those behind clashes involving Muslim herders and Christian villagers in which more than 300 people are believed to have been killed.
The latest unrest in Nigeria's central Plateau state comes at a difficult time, with acting leader Goodluck Jonathan trying to assert his authority while ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua remains too sick to govern the country.
Villagers in Dogo Nahawa, just south of the state capital Jos, said Hausa-Fulani herders from surrounding hills started shooting before cutting those who came out of their homes with machetes.
A Red Cross official said at least two other nearby communities were also targeted, in an area close to where sectarian clashes killed hundreds of people in January.
A witness counted more than 120 bodies A state commissioner said more than 300 people, including women and children, had died.
Security forces went on red alert to try to prevent reprisal attacks spreading.