Nigeria Death Toll Rises to 96 in Cartoon-Sparked Violence

After days of Christian-Muslim violence in Nigeria following violent protests last weekend over published cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, the death toll rose to at least 96 on Wednesday.

Nigeria Death Toll Rises to 96 in Cartoon-SparkedPeople walk pass burnt dead bodies on the ground in a street in Onitsha, Nigeria,Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006. Gangs of rioters armed with machetes and shotguns poured through the streets of the mainly Christian southern city of Onitsha on Wednesday as the dea

"I've counted more than 20 people killed today," said an Onitsha resident, Isotonu Achor, to the Associated Press.

Mobs of rioters with machetes and shotguns rampaged through the mainly Christian city in southern Nigeria on Wednesday, AP reported.

"Major streets are littered with bodies of people killed today, most of them northerners," Achor said. Other witnesses also said they saw at least 20 dead.

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