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Nigerian Troops Patrol After Religious Riots

JOS, Nigeria (AP) - Nigerian troops have been patrolling the streets of a town where more than 300 people have been killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians.

The fighting erupted Friday after a local election in Jos, a town in an ethnically-mixed area between Nigeria's Muslim north and predominantly Christian south.

Rioting there killed more than 1,000 people in 2001, and battles
between Muslims and Christians killed another 700 three years later.

Witnesses say there was a mass burial for more than 200 of the latest victims on Sunday.

At the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI included Nigerian victims in his prayers and called on the world to express its "horror and disapproval" at the violence.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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