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Violence breaks out in Nigerian city

Feb. 16, 2011 at 1:11 PM

JOS, Nigeria, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A police officer's stabbing death triggered clashes between police and street hoods in Jos, Nigeria, and eight other people died in the fighting, officials say.

Police said the officer was trying to buy meat Tuesday when he and the butcher got into an argument that led to the butcher fatally stabbing the officer in the abdomen, the Nigerian Tribune reported.

Soon after, police said street thugs overran the area, and then moved into other neighborhoods, killing eight other people, the newspaper said.

Abdulrahman Akano, police commissioner for Plateau state, of which Jos is the capital, said four people were arrested.

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