70 Dead in clashes in Northern Nigeria

2009-12-30 08:56


At least 70 people died in violent clashes between security forces

and Islamists in the northern Nigeria city of Bauchi, according to a hospital

morgue body count Wednesday.

The clashes erupted Monday between members of a suspected Islamist

sect and policy and military forces.

An AFP reporter who visited the morgue counted 42 bodies on the

floor of the morgue, all with bullet or machete wounds.

Another 25 bodies,

mostly young people including many minors, had been placed in cold storage rooms

at the morgue.

Three members of the security forces were also killed in the


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