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Nigeria's Ebonyi state ethnic clashes leave 50 dead

3 January 2012 Last updated at 02:55 GMT

At least 50 people were killed in clashes between rival ethnic groups in the state of Ebonyi in south-eastern Nigeria.

Police and security forces have been sent to the area after the violence flared up following a long-running land dispute between the Ezza and Ezilo peoples.

It comes at a time when President Goodluck Jonathan has already declared a state of emergency in response to violence in the north of the country carried out by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Daniel Griffiths reports.