January 7th, 2012
06:52 PM ET

Nigerian state under curfew after violence against Christians

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - A northeastern Nigerian state was under a 24-hour curfew Saturday following three days of violence that left more than 30 Christians dead.

The curfew was placed in effect as fears rose that Christian youths could launch reprisal attacks, said Tomborokai Gajere, chaplain to the Adamawa state government.

On Friday, 11 men and one woman were killed in the city of Yola.

The militant Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed or been blamed for a recent spate of sectarian attacks.

On Thursday, it was reported that 17 people, all Christians, were killed while mourning the deaths of two others who were killed the day before. These attacks happened in the city of Mubi. Daniels said the official number of deaths was just 12, with four injuries.

Gajere said he personally pleaded with Christian youths in Numan, which is near Mubi, for calm amid reports that reprisal attacks were possible.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Nigeria

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