Large Scale Religious Riots Rock Nigeria

ONITSHA, Nigeria (Reuters) — Revenge attacks against Muslims killed at least 20 people in the southeastern Nigerian city of Onitsha on Wednesday after days of anti-Christian violence killed dozens in the mainly Muslim north.

The slaughter raised the death toll from five days of religious riots fueled by political tensions in Africa’s most populous country to at least 66, and possibly many more.

"There are thousands of boys with cutlasses and sticks on the rampage. I’ve counted at least 20 bodies here by the Onitsha bridge. They are Hausas. Some of them are burnt and some have their stomachs cut open," said Reuters photographer George Esiri.

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Aaron Kinney / February 22nd, 2006, 4:51 pm / #1

By their works, we shall know them.

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