Violence Erupts in Nigeria: Casualties High as Muslims, Christians Clash

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Kano, Nigeria

Thousands of Christians in northern Nigeria were displaced from their homes and took shelter in police and army barracks following violence between Christians and Muslims in Kano City in October.

Officials of the Nigerian Red Cross said that the agency had provided food and medical assistance to hundreds of Christians who took refuge in the barracks following riots that broke out after demonstrations protesting against the United States-led action in Afghanistan.

A police spokesperson in Kano said that 32 people had been killed in the violence that lasted from Oct. 12 to 15. The police also said that 51 people were injured and five churches were burnt down.

However, a Nigerian Red Cross official in Kano put the death toll at more than 100 and Christian leaders in the region said the figure was twice this.

Zakka Nyam, Anglican bishop of Kano, told ENI that he had received information from Christians working in two of Kano's hospitals that "over 200 dead bodies were deposited in these two hospitals. …