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Warring Ethnic Groups Agree to a Cease-Fire

November 18, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Warring ethnic groups in central Nigeria have agreed to end a protracted communal feud that triggered an army massacre of hundreds of civilians last month, officials said.

The Tiv and Jukun peoples agreed to a cease-fire at a Friday peace meeting brokered by the Arewa Consultative Forum, a body of chiefs and other leaders, in the northern city of Kaduna.

Residents said soldiers carried out the massacre to avenge the deaths of 19 comrades sent to help quell the long-running ethnic conflict between the Tiv and the Jukun.

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