At least 20 killed in communal violence in central Nigeria

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Abuja: Nigeria’s president demanded late Monday that police and the army “stop the madness” in central Plateau state after more than 20 people were killed a new flare-up of violence.

Fulani herdsmen are suspected of killing at least 20 people last weekend with guns and explosives in the latest round of clashes in a long-running battle over grazing rights in central Nigeria.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has received with deep sadness and regret news of the recent killings of at least 20 people in Plateau state, during what has been described as a reprisal attack by some herdsmen,” according to an official statement.

“Some unknown group attacked some villages in Barikin Ladi early on Saturday and killed a lot of people,” according to the spokesperson of the Special Task Force in the state, Salisu Mustapha.

“The attackers came in a large group and for the first time not only shot their victims but also used explosives,” he added.

 

 

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