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Nun’s Murder Stirs Rivalry Fears

Sun., April 23, 1995

The murder of a Roman Catholic nun from Ireland has raised fears among foreigners of more attacks on Christians.

Sister Eileen Connell, 49, was doused with acid and clubbed to death this month in her home in the southern state of Delta. The motive was not known. Three people were arrested and a fourth was being sought.

Connell was administrative supervisor of the Catholic Church’s pastoral center in the town of Agbarho. The village is just outside Warri, capital of the oil-rich state and home to many foreigners working in the petroleum industry.

The attack was a reminder of the religious rivalries in Nigeria where Muslims and Christians have often clashed.

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