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Death toll from Nigerian unrest at least 86

The death toll from a series of Christmas Eve bombings and reprisals in central Nigeria has risen to at least 80, bringing the nationwide toll to 86

AFP, Tuesday 28 Dec 2010
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The death toll from a series of Christmas Eve bombings and reprisals in central Nigeria has risen to at least 80, the emergency management agency said Tuesday, bringing the nationwide toll to 86.

"We have gone around the five hospitals where casualties from the explosions and the violence that followed in Jos were taken," said Daniel Balarabe Gambo, deputy director of communications for the National Emergency Management Agency.

"The data we collated at these hospitals shows that a total of 80 people died from the incidents while 189 were injured. Out of the injured, 70 have been treated of their wounds and discharged while 119 others are still receiving treatment."

Police denied the toll and said it was much lower, but the emergency agency insisted it was accurate based on information from hospitals.

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