JOS, NIGERIA — Mobs burned homes, churches and mosques Saturday in a second day of riots, as the death toll rose to more than 300 in the worst sectarian violence in Africa's most populous nation in years.
Sheik Khalid Abubakar, the imam at the city's main mosque, said more than 300 bodies were brought there Saturday and 183 more were outside the building, waiting for burial.
Those killed in the Christian community probably would not be taken to the mosque, raising the possibility that the death toll could be much higher. The city morgue wasn't immediately accessible Saturday.
Police spokesman Bala Kassim said there were "many dead," but couldn't cite a number.
Jos, the capital of Plateau state, has a long history of community violence. The city is situated in Nigeria's "middle belt," where members of hundreds of ethnic groups commingle in a band of fertile and hotly contested land separating the Muslim north from the predominantly Christian south.