Plateau clash: Ten persons left dead in recent attack

Ten people in Plateau State were killed over two days in violence linked to cattle grazing, part of a months-long crisis that has heightened religious tensions, sources said late Thursday.

Military taskforce spokesman, Major Adam Umar, said eight deaths were recorded from tit-for-tat attacks in the rural districts of Bokkos and Bassa on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A Fulani nomadic herder was attacked and killed by sedentary farmers from the Ropp tribe while he was digging out sand to make mud bricks for a home.

“In retaliation members of the Fulani community attacked and killed two persons, including a woman, from the Ropp community,” Umar said.

In a separate incident on Tuesday, Umar said, five people were killed in violence between Fulani herders and ethnic Irigwe farmers in Gero village in Bassa district, 80 kilometres (50 miles) away.

In another incident overnight Wednesday, a policeman and a farmer were killed in the eastern-central state of Benue, in an attack on Guma district that was blamed on Fulani herdsmen.

The clashes occurred a day after livestock belonging to the herders were stolen which they blamed on the farmers.


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