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The BBC's Barnaby Phillips reporting from Lagos
Thousands of people have had their livelihoods destroyed, hundreds of buildings have been looted"
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Sunday, 28 November, 1999, 17:24 GMT
Nigeria riots 'killed 100'


As many as 100 people are reported to have been killed during the two days of ethnic violence in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos.

The violence that erupted in a Lagos market on Thursday was the worst in a series of bloody incidents in Nigeria since military rule ended in May.

Eyewitnesses who went to the scene on Sunday spoke of bodies still lying in the streets, in rubbish dumps or floating in streams.

They described hundreds of homes in ruins, and burned-out cars littering the streets.

The area has been placed under a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

Ethnic tension

The trouble began when ethnic Hausa and Yoruba traders began fighting for control of a popular food market in the district of Ketu on the northern outskirts of the city on Thursday.

The Yoruba, who are the majority in the southwest, and the Hausa, in the north, are Nigeria's two largest ethnic groups, and clashes between them have led to renewed fears for the stability of Africa's most populous country.

On Sunday, Hausa leaders said the community needed protection from the police and blamed a hardline Yoruba nationalist group, the Odua People's Congress (OPC), for the killings.

Police have been working with community leaders to collect and bury the dead from the fighting.

But they say they do not have sufficient numbers, or training, to properly control all the sensitive areas in the city.

President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered police to shoot suspected rioters on sight
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