Friday, February 24, 2006

Nigerian death toll now 80

LAGOS - At least 80 people, mainly Muslims, have been killed by Christian mobs in two days of religious violence in the south-eastern Nigerian city of Onitsha, a leading rights group said.

"We counted 60 bodies on Tuesday and 20 on Wednesday and there could be more," said Emeka Umeh, head of the local chapter of the Lagos-based Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), adding "most of the victims are Muslims."

"It was a great massacre that should be condemned by any right-thinking person. Human bodies littered the streets in Onitsha," he said.

"Even now, bodies can still be found on Upper Iweka road," in the city, which is home to the predominantly Christian Igbo people, he said.

He said the victims had been slaughtered "with machetes, knives, metal objects, clubs and in some instance, even guns."

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