150 bodies found in Nigeria

Two men ride on a motorcycle past a burnt building in Jos following violent religious clashes in Plateau State. (AFP)

At least 150 bodies have been recovered from wells following deadly Muslim-Christian clashes in central Nigeria in which the estimated death toll stands at about 300.

"So far we have picked 150 bodies from the wells. But 60 more people are still missing," said Umar Baza, head of Kuru Karama village near the city of Jos.

Head of the Muslim volunteer team in the village, Mohammed Shittu, said further searches would be carried out with security escorts. "From the account of survivors, some people fleeing attacks were ambushed and killed in the bush. That is why we are going there to search for more bodies."

A Muslim official who visited Kuru Karama to arrange for the burial of bodies told Human Rights Watch that 121 corpses had been recovered from wells, including those of 22 young children.

The state government has given no official death toll for the violence, which broke out last Sunday in Jos, capital of Plateau State, and later spread to nearby towns and villages, but religious leaders and medical workers said they had counted about 300 bodies by Wednesday.

About 200 people were killed in religious clashes in the city in late 2008.

 

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