Paper says shot garrison commander dead

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The garrison commander of the Rubukka Army Barracks in Jos, capital of Nigeria's northern Plateau State, who was shot in the sectarian violence that hit the town this weekend, has died, the privately owned Thisday newspaper reported Monday.
The paper said the unnamed army colonel, who led the troops deployed to the city to contain the crisis, died on Sunday from gunshot wounds he received during the operation.
It said two other soldiers have been killed in the violence, which erupted on Friday between Christians and Moslems.
At least 50 people have been killed and several properties, including churches and mosques, destroyed in the fighting.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported Sunday that calm was gradually returning to the city, even though several residents were still streaming into police stations and army barracks to seek refuge.
The state government has imposed a 4 PM to 6 AM curfew on the town as part of efforts to contain the fighting.
President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered troops into the town after the police were overwhelmed by the crisis.

10 september 2001 12:15:00

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