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Social media reports cause stir in Kaduna

There was tension and uncertainty in the city of Kaduna recently over rumours passed off as reports of fresh violence breaking out in an area largely populated by Christians. The neighborhood of Sabon Tasha is close to the Kaduna Refinery and Petrochemical Company (KRPC).

Several people were running for safety in the course of the confusion afraid that a major outbreak of violence could consume them. There was no reasoning behind the pandemonium except a rumor circulated via text messages and social media outlets that there was an attack in the area.

A police source told an agency reporter that the timely arrival of armed security operatives doused the tension in the area. The police source also stated  that social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Blackberry messenges were responsible for accelerating the rumor that caused the panic in the volatile city.

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