Renewed violence breaks out in Nigerian capital

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Fresh sectarian violence broke out Friday in Nigeria's capital city of Abuja, one week after the city erupted in unprecedented religious violence, according to local media reports.
Details of the violence are still sketchy, but the reports said religious fanatics went on rampage in the Abuja suburbs of Karu, Nyanya and Area 1.
"Yes, I have heard the reports but I don't have details yet," a resident in the central area of the city told PANA on telephone.
"My colleague who lives in Karu has gone to make arrangement to pick his children from school in the area," the resident said.
Last Friday, Muslim faithful poured onto the streets in protest against the Miss World beauty pageant, which the organisers later moved to London from Abuja.
The Abuja protest was a spill-over of similar riots in Kaduna, sparked by a newspaper article which suggested Islam's founder Holy Prophet Mohammed would have condoned the pageant, opposed by Nigerian Muslims.
The protesters in Abuja attacked Christians and burnt several vehicles, including a police cruiser, before security agents dispersed them.
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, who visited Kaduna Thursday to commiserate with the victims of the three-day violence, is under intense pressure to find a lasting solution to the incessant ethnic and religious violence which has been the hallmark of his administration's three-and-a-half years in office.

29 november 2002 13:30:00

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