Attack in central Nigeria kills at least 17 people

Attack in central Nigeria kills at least 17 people

Yomele Almeida

On Tuesday an official stated that at least 17 people were killed during an attack on a community in Benue state in central Nigeria, residents stated the count was much higher.  The assault comes barely a week after suspected Fulani herdsmen killed over 10 people in the Buruku area of Benue state, which led Governor Samuel Ortom to order the herdsmen to leave the state in no more than 72 hours.

Community leader, Iverem Peters, said the gunmen on Monday came into the community in cars and on motorcycles, shooting  at residents and burning houses. Peters said more than 20 people were killed, with several others injured and many houses were destroyed.

More than 300 people have been killed in fights between Fulani herdsmen and Benue communities in the past two years. Such fights over land between the mostly Muslim herdsmen and mostly Christian farmers are common in Nigeria. In a statement, President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack and called for an investigation.