Christians and Muslims have clashed in eastern Nigeria, leaving eight people dead and 40 seriously wounded, with six mosques and one church also torched, police said on Wednesday.
In the latest sectarian violence to rock the country, fighting broke out Tuesday between Muslim and Christian youths in Wukari, a town in Taraba state, over the building of a mosque on the premises of a local police headquarters.
A Christian mob opposed to the construction of the mosque razed it, said Taraba state police commissioner Aliyu Musa. Muslims responded by attacking a nearby church, leading to the eruption of violence between the two sides.
"From reports at our disposal, eight people have been killed and 40 others seriously injured in the violence while six mosques and one church were burnt," Musa added.
Taraba, which neighbours Plateau, the central Nigerian state whose capital Jos is a sectarian flashpoint, is predominantly Christian. Sectarian clashes occur frequently in Nigeria, particularly in the country's north, with hundreds of people killed in violence this year alone.