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Christian Rioters Burn Mosques in Southern Nigeria


Christians on a rampage in southern Nigeria have burned two mosques in retaliation for Muslim protests last weekend in which dozens of people, many of them Christian, died.

Today's riots took place in Onitsha, the capital of the mostly Christian state of Anambra. At least one person has died.

An Anambra police spokesman told the French news agency that a scuffle broke out between Hausas, who are Muslim, and Ibos, ethnic Christians from the south. Christian rioters then set the mosques on fire. The spokesman said order has been restored.

Muslim protests last weekend in northern Nigeria were the deadliest yet since cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad appeared in a Danish newspaper last year. Rioters attacked Christians and burned down churches.

Nigeria is mostly Muslim in the North and Christian in the south. Sectarian violence in one part of the country frequently sparks reprisals elsewhere.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.