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100 civilians killed as gunmen storm Nigerian village

Thousands have been killed in competition for land and water between Muslim Fulani herdsmen and Christian farmers across Nigeria.

Kano | Published: March 16, 2014 9:18:10 pm
The remains of the burned out Federal Government College in Buni Yadi, Nigeria, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Islamic militants killed at least 29 students in a pre-dawn attack Tuesday on the northeast Nigerian school, survivors said, setting ablaze a locked dormitory and shooting and slitting the throats of those who escaped through windows. Some were burned alive. (AP Photo) The remains of the burned out Federal Government College in Buni Yadi, Nigeria, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Islamic militants killed at least 29 students in a pre-dawn attack in the northeast Nigerian school. Some were burned alive. (AP Photo)

Officials say Fulani Muslim herders attacked three Christian villages and killed more than 100 civilians. Hundreds of thatched-roof huts were set ablaze.

Thousands have been killed in recent years in competition for land and water between mainly Muslim Fulani herdsmen and Christian farmers across Nigeria’s Middle Belt. More than 100 people were killed in similar attacks in neighboring Katsina state last week.

Chenshyi village chief Nuhu Moses said Sunday that gunmen killed more than 50 people including the pastor’s wife and children. He said the entire village in the southern part of Kaduna state was destroyed.

Local government acting chairman Daniel Anyip said about 100 people were killed in attacks on three villages on Friday night.

The Southern Kaduna Indigenes Progressive Forum blamed the government for failing to take action.

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