Violence spreads in Nigeria’s Jos, curfew imposed

JOS, Nigeria – Clashes between Muslim and Christian gangs broke out again on Tuesday in the capital of Nigeria’s Plateau state, killing dozens and forcing police to impose a 24-hour curfew on the city.

A police official, who declined to be identified, said as many as 60 people may have been killed since Sunday when clashes started. 

Police initially imposed a nighttime curfew on Jos on Sunday to ease tensions and prevent a repeat of the November 2008 clashes that killed hundreds of residents. But violence flared up again on Tuesday, forcing the police to extend its curfew. 

“In view of this situation in town, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew starting from now,” said Gregory Anyating, the state’s police commissioner. 

Residents said sporadic gunfire could be heard in many neighbourhoods and several houses were on fire.