Nigeria gunmen kill dozens in village raids

Military says 37 killed in Plateau region of country, where Muslims and Christians have clashed previously.

    Nigeria gunmen kill dozens in village raids
    Plateau state has been the scene of a number of attacks in recent years [REUTERS]

    Gunmen in central Nigeria's Plateau state killed 37 people in a pre-dawn raid, the military said, the latest
    unrest to hit the area gripped by a decade-long sectarian conflict.

    Area military spokesman Salisu Mustapha said that unknown gunmen carried out the attack on four villages at about 2am local time (1am GMT) on Tuesday.

    "The attackers killed 13 people in Katu Kapang, eight in Daron, nine in Tul and seven others in Rawuru."

    Mustapha said "the gunmen fled on sighting the arrival of the troops" and that the situation was now "under control".

    Plateau falls in Nigeria's "Middle Belt", the dividing line between the majority Christian south and majority Muslim north.

    It was not clear who carried out the latest attack which hit the Barkin Ladi area, a hotspot in the protracted conflict.

    Boko Haram, which is waging a four-year-old war in the north, have previously attacked Plateau, but there was no immediate indication that the banned group was behind the latest violence.

    The mostly Muslim Fulani-Hausa group has been blamed for attacks on Christians from the Berom group.

    Berom leaders have accused the military of supporting and at times co-operating with the Fulani but such allegations have not been proven.

    Several peace processes in Plateau have mostly failed to stop the violence, with deep mistrust persisting between the state's politicians and the security forces.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From Zimbabwe to England: A story of war, home and identity

    The country I saw as home, my parents saw as oppressors

    What happens when you reject the identity your parents fought for and embrace that of those they fought against?

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    One woman shares the story of her life with polycystic kidney disease and sees parallels with the plight of the planet.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.