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Nigerian army opens fire on youths

2010-03-10 10:15

Jos - Witnesses say soldiers in a Nigerian town at the centre of a spate of religious killings opened fire on a crowd of youths that had surrounded a cattle truck driving after curfew.

A nurse said on Wednesday that at least two were killed and five others injured in the shooting in the central Nigerian city of Jos. The nurse says the youths feared the truck had weapons.

Sustained automatic weapon fire could be heard throughout the city on Tuesday night.

The truck, which only had cattle, sat off to the side of the Tundun Wada neighborhood, its windshield a spider web of bullet holes. An Army colonel prevented AP reporters from seeing the dead.

More than 200 people have died in villages around Jos after violence between Christians and Muslims.