The religious massacres have stopped, but “secret” killings of Christians and Muslims continue on a smaller scale across central Nigeria, claiming more than 30 lives this year, police said April 6. The warning came after three people died and several others were injured April 5 during an interfaith Easter prayer ceremony in Jos, a one-time Nigerian tourist town that finds itself at the epicenter of the religious tension plaguing Africa’s most populous nation. Plateau State Police Commissioner Ikechukwu Aduba told reporters he would hold community leaders, parents and anyone else ordering attacks responsible before the law. “We continue to pick up corpses on a daily basis due to the secret killings. … Killing an innocent soul is satanic,” Aduba said. The secret killings happen when Christians and Muslims stray into neighborhoods dominated by the other faith. Police and security forces can collect one or two bodies a night this way, he said. (AP)

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