500 death tolls in Nigeria religious attack

Nigeria's Govt sent troops to the flashpoint Jos region on Monday after machete-wielding gangs attacked Christian villages, killing at least 500 people, officials said.

Police arrested more people in the wake of the attacks which came presently weeks after an additional outburst of Muslim-Christian violence, which left 100s dead. Newspapers said Muslim residents of the villages had been informed by phone text message to escape 2 days before the attacks.

Witnesses meanwhile described how the victims of Sunday's 3 hour orgy of violence, mainly women & children, were caught in animal traps & fishing nets as they tried to flee their attackers, who slashed them to death.