Violent clashes in the Nigerian city of Jos have left at least 22 people dead.
Jos straddles the faith belt that separates northern mostly Muslim Nigeria from the Christian/Animist south, and is sometimes a flashpoint between the two religions.
Fighting broke out for reasons that are unclear between Christian and Muslim youths, before the security forces intervened.
The spokesman for the Joint Military Taskforce in charge of security in Jos, Captain Charles Eckeocha, said: “Some of our soldiers were fired on and injured. We requested for reinforcements to arrive and they did. The situation is calm now.”
Thirteen people died in clashes between Christian youths and Muslims celebrating the Eid-al-Fitr holiday in Jos on Monday, the army said. It was not clear if this latest bout of violence was linked to that incident.
The violence is an extra security headache for President Goodluck Jonathan, on top of near-daily attacks by a violent Islamist sect in the northeast, which authorities say was also behind a bomb attack on UN offices in Abuja that killed 23 people.