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Postelection Violence Rocks Nigeria

Posted on Apr 18, 2011

Nigerian troops keep watch after the nation’s presidential election sparks clashes in the north.

As the results from Nigeria’s presidential election last weekend rolled in and it became clear that the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan had won again, his most pressing task was to try to contain outbreaks of violence in the Muslim north part of his country.  —KA


Rioting spread across the Muslim north—the opposition’s powerbase—as the outcome became clear.

International observers have said the election was reasonably free and fair.

But supporters of Mr Jonathan’s main rival, Muhammadu Buhari, allege ballot-rigging.

The Red Cross says it believes many people have been killed in clashes with the police in northern areas of the country.

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