Nigerian Police: 32 Died in Clashes
GILBERT DA COSTA
Oct. 17, 2001
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ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) _ Police said Wednesday at least 32 people were killed in Muslim-Christian clashes in northern Nigeria last weekend.
At least 51 people were injured and 55 houses and 37 shops were burned in the violence in Kano, police spokesman Kabir Shehu said.
He said one mosque, five churches and a hotel were also set ablaze along with 16 cars.
``We are determined to ensure that there's no repeat of this unfortunate incident,'' Shehu said.
The city was reported calm Wednesday.
Nigeria, with 120 million inhabitants, is Africa's most populous nation. The West African country, divided into an overwhelmingly Muslim north and mostly Christian south, frequently suffers violent religious, ethnic and regional disputes.
Thousands of people have been killed in fighting since a dozen predominantly Muslim northern states began imposing Islamic law last year.
The latest violence erupted Friday after Muslim fundamentalists protested against U.S.-led airstrikes on Afghanistan.
On Tuesday, President Olusegun Obasanjo toured city blocks destroyed by the riots and appealed to Nigerians not to avenge their losses with more violence.