Security forces arrested dozens of people in Maiduguri 1000 miles north of Lagos Nigeria. Thousands of rioters burned 15 churches in three-hour rampage. 15 people were also killed.
“Most of the dead were Christians beaten to death on the streets by the rioters.” Witnesses said three children and a priest were among those killed.
According to a count by the AP at least 45 people have been killed across the muslim world so far.
Nigeria has a population of more than 130 million and is roughly divided between a mainly Christian south and a predominantly Muslim north. The violence occured in the North.