45 killed in dawn attacks in Benue, Nigeria

fulanis, cattle raids,
Clashes between herdsmen from the Fulani ethnic group and farmers over grazing rights have plagued the region.

 

Dozens of people have died in a deadly dawn raid on a village in Benue State in Central Nigeria.

Police say 45 people including women and children died in the attack carried out by unidentified gunmen.

Police are hunting the attackers but no arrests have been made yet.

Benue has a history of violent attacks and reprisals between semi-nomadic herdsmen and farmers, sometimes in revenge for cattle raiding.

Reports say the attackers who descended on the village in early morning hours were armed with Kalashnikov rifles.

Clashes between herdsmen from the Fulani ethnic group and farmers over grazing rights have plagued the region.

Last year, at least 100 villagers were killed in central Kaduna state in an attack linked to a dispute between local farmers and herdsmen