Nigeria violence worries US religious commission

Nigeria violence worries US religious commission

US

Religious Commission is concerned by ongoing

violence in central Nigeria

Commission on International Religious Freedom has warned that ongoing violence

between Christians and Muslims in central Nigeria exposes the country's

"failure to effectively deal" with the unrest.

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - The U.S.

commission issued the warning Monday from Washington. The commission said its

own documentation shows that Nigeria prosecutes "only 1 percent" of

those responsible for such killings in the region, which only "intensifies

local tensions and mistrust."

The independent, bipartisan governmental

city of Jos, where thousands have been killed since Nigeria became a democracy

in 1999. Religion, politics, grazing rights and economic power all play a role

in the violence in Nigeria's fertile central belt region.

The attacks center around the volatile

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