Clashes at Nigerian market kill 55

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Sectarian violence sparked by a spat at a market has left 55 people dead in Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

Muslim and Christian youths reportedly clashed after a row between wheelbarrow porters in the town of Kasuwan Magani.

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The state police commissioner said 22 people were arrested after the unrest.

Authorities also imposed a round-the-clock curfew in the town. Nigeria often sees outbreaks of sectarian violence.

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Official presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu tweeted that Mr Buhari found the country’s frequent use of violence in such disputes “worrisome”.

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Without harmony between different groups, “our everyday businesses would be impossible to achieve,” the president said.

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He called on community leaders to encourage tolerance and stop such discord before it could develop into violence.

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