Last updateSam, 31 Jan 2015 9am

Mass burial for 100 victims of Nigeria killings

Lagos, Nigeria - The remains of the 100 people who were killed in an attack on three villages in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state by suspected Fulani herdsmen were buried in a mass grave on Sunday.

The private Vanguard newspaper reported Monday that the victims were buried in a mass grave in Unguwant Gata in the Maroa Chiefdom of Karua Local Government Area of the state.

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, numbering 40, also razed many houses.

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