10 dead in Nigerian communal flashpoint clash


At least 10 people were killed in an attack in north-eastern Nigeria that has been a flashpoint for communal clashes between farmers and herders, a military commander and a local politician said.

Similar clashes plague Nigeria’s hinterland despite pledges by President Muhammadu Buhari to improve security, especially in the north-east, also facing an insurgency by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Brigadier General Bello Mohammed said soldiers under his command killed 10 herdsmen and arrested seven others after attackers struck a village in Gwamba region of Adamawa state on Tuesday.

The region is a hotspot for violence between Muslim herders and Christian farmers over rights to grazing land and agriculture.

Others said the number killed was higher.

Omayan Tambaya Dilli, a local councillor in Gwamba, told Reuters 20 people were killed and more than 20 injured after attackers, who he said could be herders, struck.

The attackers came in pick-up trucks and riding motorbikes and razed many buildings, Dilli and Yanwari Lunakam, a local vigilante from Gwamba, said.

Lunakam said 31 people died and 24 others were injured.

A third person, another vigilante who declined to be identified, also put the death toll at over 30.
“We tried our best to defend ourselves but their numbers were overwhelming,” the person said.