70 people killed in ethnic and religious violence in Nigeria

Rupert Colville

Up to 70 people have been killed in ethnic and religious violence in Nigeria's 'Middle Belt' region since the beginning of August, according to the United Nations human rights office.

The violence is focussed  around the city of Jos where Muslim and Christian youths are fighting.

Rupert Colville is the spokesman for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"We are concerned about the renewed violence which has flared up in Nigeria’s “Middle Belt" since the beginning of August causing death, injury and destruction. Reports suggest that up to 70 people have been killed since the beginning of August, in ethnic and religious violence in the area. The ethnic and religious divisions have affected the Middle Belt region, particularly in and around the city of Jos, for many years now."

Duration: 26"

Rupert Colville says the UN human chief is also concerned about the activities of a group known as Boko Haram which claimed responsibility for the recent bombing of the UN building in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.

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