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Jos Violence Settles

Death count still climbing after a weekend of election-related Muslim-Christian fighting.

Nigerians in Jos are collecting bodies after a weekend of fighting. Several hundred are dead so far in violence that began on Friday, November 28 - a day after polls closed on a local council election and one day before the incumbent People's Democratic Party was announced the winner.

Compass Direct reports that Muslims began attacking Christians, accusing them of tampering with the votes, after officials reportedly refused to post results.

Emmanuel Itapson, an assistant professor at Palmer Theological Seminary, is from Jos. He says, "Everyone I spoke with said the level of destruction is unprecedented. Christians were caught unawares at 2am and most of the pastors that were killed died because they live within the church area. I am in pain! My beloved city is filled with the blood of the innocent."

BBC published an eyewitness account:

I have a telescope and through it I watched what was happening from my home in the Christian quarters, high up on Shaka Hill overlooking Jos.I could see the ...
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