MASS BURIAL CONDUCTED AS 18,000 PEOPLE ARE RENDERED HOMELESS IN JOS
The International Committee of the Red Cross, the ICRC says that up to 18,000 people are homeless after days of sectarian violence in Jos the capital of Plateau state.
People have been sheltering in colleges, hospitals and schools since clashes began on Sunday, at the Red Cross estimates that more than 460 people in and around Jos have been killed.
relaxed a 24-hour curfew in the city to allow thousands of residents whose houses have not been destroyed to return home.
The strong presence of troops and police has helped restore calm in the capital of Plateau state, with no reports of major violence for nearly 24 hours.
ICRC's Rob Waudo says that since the military came in, the situation has been calm and has allowed the Red Cross to survey immediate needs.
Another agency spokesman says about 990 people have been hospitalized.
However, religious leaders have undertaken a mass burial following four days of sectarian violence which has left over 500 people dead in Jos, the capital of Plateau state.
Mosque officials have estimated the number of dead Muslims since Sunday to be about 400.
However official government figures are significantly lower at 75 dead, more than 200 injured and 200 arrested.