Nigeria: Many Feared killed in Fresh Adamawa Communal Violence in 3 Villages
Many people are feared killed in fresh outbreak of communal violence in three villages in Adamawa state Northeast Nigeria.
The clashes occurred in Lawaru, Dong and Kiken villages in Demsa and Numan Local Government areas. Fleeing residents have told newsmen that the attack started at about 5 am on Monday when gunmen suspected to be herdsmen allegedly shot their way into Lawaru and Dong villages, before marching towards Kiken in Numan.
Tension had been building up in Numan and neighbouring areas since 55 Fulani women and children were killed in an attack on their settlements by suspected Bachama militiamen two weeks ago.
A Bachama man interviewed by on telephone said the attackers had burnt down three villages inhabited by his tribesmen and killed several persons.
The North East leader of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Mafindi Danburan, in an interview dissociated his members from the attack, saying the group had always preached peaceful coexistence.
Residents of Numan and adjoining villages have remained indoors following the deployment of troops to tame the violent confrontation between the two groups.