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Sunday, 28 October, 2001, 01:13 GMT
Kaduna state prepares for Sharia

Officials in Nigeria say that Islamic Sharia law will be introduced next week in the state of Kaduna, which has seen several outbreaks of sectarian violence this year.

The state governor, Mohammad Makarfi, said that Sharia law would be introduced only in areas where there was a Muslim majority.

Correspondents say that moves to introduce Sharia law in Kaduna state early last year set off clashes between Muslims and Christians in which more than 1,000 people died.

The pattern of violence has been repeated across Nigeria in areas where Sharia law has been introduced.

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