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86 Killed in Central Nigeria Clashes

86 Killed in Central Nigeria Clashes86 Killed in Central Nigeria Clashes

In an attack by herdsmen on six villages in central Nigeria 86 people have been killed, local media reported. Another six people were wounded and 50 homes were destroyed in the attacks in the Gashish district of Plateau state, Channels Television reported citing local police on Monday, according to Al Jazeera. President Muhammadu Buhari had been briefed on the “deeply unfortunate killings,” according to a post on his Twitter page. “The grievous loss of lives and property arising from the killings in Plateau today is painful and regrettable,” a second post said. “My deepest condolences to the affected communities. We will not rest until all murderers and criminal elements and their sponsors are incapacitated and brought to justice.” Tensions between the state’s primarily Christian farming community and the herdsmen have often spilled over into violence in recent years. Drought in the country’s north has also driven the nomads and their cow herds further south in search of fresh grazing, further escalating conflicts.

 

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