21 Jan 2010

Death toll rises in Nigerian sectarian violence

11:31 am on 21 January 2010

Clashes between Muslim and Christian gangs in the Nigerian city of Jos and nearby communities are now said to have left at least 460 people dead.

The four days of violence erupted following a dispute between Muslim and Christian residents over the rebuilding of homes destroyed in sectarian riots in 2008.

The Nigerian army says it has regained control of Jos, where six military units and hundreds of police were stationed to enforce a 24-hour curfew.

However the BBC reports the violence has spread to the town of Pankshin, 100km from Jos. Public buildings, homes and places of worship have been set ablaze.