Trying to prevent further violence between Muslim and Christian gangs, troops have been patrolling the central Nigerian city of Jos (photo, from aljazeera.net).
Saturday’s violence, triggered by a disputed local election, killed hundreds of people.
Jos lies at the crossroads between the Muslim north and Christian south.
Members of the Muslim community have been bringing their dead to the main mosque, outside of which hundreds of people gathered.
367 bodies have been brought there to await burial, said a spokesperson for the mosque on Sunday.
But the total number of dead remains uncertain as bodies of Christians killed in the riots are likely to have been taken elsewhere.
Around 7 000 people have fled their home and are sheltering in government buildings, an army barracks and religious centres, said the Red Cross.
Violent clashes hit five neighbourhoods, a senior police official told the Reuters news agency, adding that 523 people had been detained.
Free and fair
The riots were sparked after electoral workers failed to publicly post results of local elections held on Thursday.
In the rioting, fuelled by rumours that the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) had lost the elections to the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), homes, churches and mosques were burnt down.
The ANPP is considered a predominantly Muslim party, while the PDP is mainly Christian.
The violence is the worst since May 2007, when Umaru Yar Adua became Nigeria’s president in May 2007. International observers dismissed the vote that led Mr Adua to power as not credible.
Since Nigeria’s independence from Britain in 1960, few elections in the country have been deemed free and fair. Civilian rule have periodically been interrupted by military takeovers.
In September 2001, hundreds of people had also been killed in Jos, the administrative capital of Plateau state, during a week of violence between Christians and Muslims.