52 killed in ethnic clashes in Nigeria,emergency declared


Abuja, Jan 1: At least 52 people, including women and children, have been killed in clashes between two rival ethnic groups in southeastern Nigeria, as President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in four states.
 A Nigerian government spokesman said the violence in the state of Ebonyi took place between the Ezza and Ezilo peoples due to a land dispute.
 Local media reported that 52 people, including women and children, were killed in the resurgence of the Ezza/Ezillo inter-communal strife in Ebonyi.
 It said a divisional police officer, children and women were among those killed.
 The attacks came hours after a state of emergency was declared in parts of the country by President Jonathan due to an unrelated spate of attacks by Islamist group Boko Haram.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 1 Jan 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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