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Group: 150 Muslims killed in Nigerian town

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[January 23, 2010]  JOS, Nigeria (AP) -- An international human rights group is calling on Nigerian officials to investigate reports that at least 150 Muslims were killed in a central Nigerian town.

Human Rights Watch on Saturday cited reports of a massacre in a town located south of Jos, where fighting broke out between Christians and Muslims about a week ago.

Witnesses said that armed men attacked on Tuesday and that some of the victims were burned alive. One official said that the bodies of 22 young children had been recovered.

Muslim leaders told Human Rights Watch at least 364 people have been killed in the last week, while the Christian death toll was still being compiled.

Sectarian violence in this central region of Nigeria has left thousands dead over the past decade.

[Associated Press]

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