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Herdsmen Kill 100 in Central Nigeria Attacks

(File) A farm at Saulawa village, on the outskirts of Nigeria's north-central state of Kaduna, May 15, 2013. (File) A farm at Saulawa village, on the outskirts of Nigeria's north-central state of Kaduna, May 15, 2013.
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(File) A farm at Saulawa village, on the outskirts of Nigeria's north-central state of Kaduna, May 15, 2013.
(File) A farm at Saulawa village, on the outskirts of Nigeria's north-central state of Kaduna, May 15, 2013.
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Nigerian officials say gunmen have killed more than 100 people in attacks on three villages in central Kaduna state, an area where disputes over land, religion and ethnicity often erupt into violence.

Police confirmed the raids by about 40 Fulani herdsman armed with guns and machetes late Friday and early Saturday on the villages of Angwan Sankwai, Angwan Gata and Chenshyi.

A Kaduna state lawmaker said some of the victims "were shot and burnt in their homes, while others were hacked with machetes."

Hundreds have been killed in the past year in religiously divided central Nigeria, where rivalries between the cattle-herding and largely Muslim Fulani people and mostly Christian farmers have helped fuel the unrest.

The violence has not been linked to the insurgency in the northeast by Boko Haram, an al-Qaida-linked group that wants to impose Sharia law in northern Nigeria.

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by: Chris
March 17, 2014 1:18 PM
There is not much that the Nigerian president can do. The root cause of all this is a struggle for resources by various ethnic groups. The northerners had lived in harmony before the new oil boom, but now each tribe and ethnic group wants some political control to enable them get their piece of the pie. Because of that the indegenous northerners are now telling the fulanis, who are mostly nomads, they do not belong to the communities where they live, and therefore cannot run for political office. That's the root cause of all that. I do not support such atrocities (I am a southerner myself), but only being objective.


by: Abel Ogah from: OJU Nigeria
March 17, 2014 6:39 AM
There is no difference between Boko haram and Fulani herdsmen. They have one common agenda ....that is to islamize Nigeria. SSS should wake up. Jesus is Lord.



by: Mark from: Virginia
March 16, 2014 3:29 PM
shoot someone, even at close range, is remote, detached...but hack someone with a machete...that is up close and personal. And its a hard way to die, ugly and painful way...


by: uncle Samuel from: Makurdi (Benue state)
March 16, 2014 12:07 PM
President Jonathan do something URGENTLY to stopthe FULANIS that are becoming another TERRORIST group like their counterpart Boko haram. They are also killing hundreds of TIV in Benue, Nassarawa and Taraba. Pls, Mr. President and commander in chief act quickly , innocent souls are dying!

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