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100 killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nigerian state

Fulani herdsmen in Nigerian state - Some 100 people were massacred in the early hours of Saturday by suspected Fulani herdsmen in three villages in Nigeria's northern state of Kaduna, the local media reported Sunday.

In the latest flare-up in the volatile state, where Muslim Fulani herdsmen have consistently clashed with Christian farmers in a contest over grazing land, over 40 attackers wielding various weapons invaded the villages of Ugwar Sankwai, Ungwar Gata and Chenshyi on Friday night, when the villagers were fast asleep, and engaged in killings that lasted till Saturday.

The attackers also razed many houses.

“The attackers were more than 40 and were armed with dangerous knives, guns and other sophisticated weapons. Over 50 people were killed in our village alone and there is no house standing. All the houses were burnt by the attackers while people who attempted, to run were gunned down,'  the local Punch newspaper quoted an eyewitness in Chenshyi, Nuhu Moses, as saying.

Moses said while he was 'just lucky' to have escaped, his church's pastor’s wife and kids were among the people who were killed.

Nigeria has recorded an estimated 15,000 violent deaths since 2011, according to the Nigerian Security Tracker, a project of the US Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, non-partisan organisation.

PANA reports that most of the deaths have been recorded in the country's North-east, which is the epicentre of the massive violence being perpetrated by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Pana 17/03/2014