Abuja: At least 15 persons, including pregnant women and children died and 60 houses burnt during a fracas that broke out between rival political parties in northern Benue state of Nigeria on Tuesday.

Supporters of ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) clashed at Ugba community when the latter learnt of the killing of their two party leaders.

Police spokesman, Ejike Alaribe confirmed the incident adding that the situation has been brought under control with investigation launched to find out the cause of the fight.

The state has witness several politically motivated violence in recent times and was fingered by security agents as being targeted for further violence after the post-election attacks that saw more than 500 people killed in northern Nigeria.

Riots broke out in the north after Jonathan, a Christian from the south was declared winner on in April after a landmark vote that exposed regional tensions and led to deadly rioting.

Meanwhile, two men who were picked up by soldiers in Nigeria's restive city of Jos during a raid that followed the killing of an officer were found dead with cuts on their body.

The two men, a community leader, Ahmadu Ali Kazaure and Babangida Ibrahim Yusuf were traced to mortuary of the Jos University Teaching Hospital by relatives.

An elder in the community, Shehu Masalla said the body of Kazaure, a retired soldier, had deep cuts on the head.

Soldiers arrested people at random when their colleague, Sergeant Baba Wuya was hacked to death by an unknown assailant in Kazaure Ward in Jos.

Military unit in the area has refused to comment on the incident but later issued a statement confirming the death of the soldier.

Eyewitnesses said the men dumped at the mortuary died before they reached the military cantonment where they were being taken to due to injury they sustained during repeated
beating by the army officers.

Jos, the capital of Plateau state in central Nigeria has been bedevilled by internecine clashes causing the country's government to send a Special Task Force (STF) to police the area.

More than 2,000 have died in these clashes since last year. Late January, a raid carried out by assailants suspected to be from Fulani ethnic on Bere village led to the death 18 persons including the alleged leader of the attackers.