LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Christians and Muslims have clashed for years
in central Nigeria, a conflict that took an unexpected turn when
Islamist insurgents based in the northeast claimed responsibility for
deadly weekend raids on Christian villages.
Many initially blamed
Muslim herdsmen for the raids in Plateau state. Hundreds of assailants
armed with guns and machetes stormed a dozen Christian villages on
Saturday, said Capt. Mustapha Saliu, a spokesman for a special unit of
police and soldiers deployed to halt violence in the area. Some
attackers wore police uniforms and bullet-proof vests, he said.
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