Christian Fundamentalists Attack Muslim Minority

Friday June 11, 2004 · Flavio Grassi

In the Eastern Nigerian city of Numan Christian gangs attacked the Muslim minority and destroyed a mosque tearing town the minaret. In the clashes that followed nine people were killed, according to the police. Witnesses put the death toll closer to 50. The Christians took offense at the minaret being higher than the nearby palace of their tribal leader. While the Muslims would have been willing to move the mosque elsewhere, provided they would receive compensation for it, on Tuesday talks were cut short. Now the police have declared a curfew.