500 Presumed Dead as U.S. Attacks Fuel Nigerian Clashes

Christians and Muslims clashed again Sept. 12 in central Nigeria, causing the loss of at least 500 lives within less than a week. Residents said the attacks on New York and Washington, welcomed by some Muslims in the Middle East, had fueled fresh fighting in the central city of Jos.

"Some (Muslim) people have been jubilating because of what happened in the United States, and I believe that must have encouraged them,'" one resident told Reuters by phone after fleeing fighting in Nasarawa District on the outskirts of Jos.

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