Nigerian gunmen kill 20, mostly women and children

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Residents and a state official reported on Tuesday that armed attackers killed at least 20 people, mostly women and children, and burned down several houses in a village in Nigeria’s central Plateau state.

Hundreds of people have been killed in violent clashes between farmers and semi-nomadic herders in Plateau, one of several states in Nigeria’s Middle Belt that is home to a diverse range of ethnic groups and religions.

According to locals, the attackers arrived in Kubat village in the state’s Mangu local government district very early on Tuesday morning.

According to witness Jeremiah Samson, the attackers began firing randomly and killed several people as they attempted to flee. The attack’s perpetrators were unknown.

Without confirming the death toll, Plateau state spokesman Makut Macham said that Governor Simon Lalong had directed security forces to pursue the attackers.

In Middle Belt conflict, Muslim Fulani herders are frequently portrayed as aggressors, pitted against predominantly Christian farmers.

Many experts and politicians, however, claim that climate change and expanding agriculture are driving farmers and herders into constant conflict, regardless of religion or ethnicity.

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