86 Dead & Several Injured As Communal Clashes Erupt in Nigeria

| June 25 , 2018 , 18:48 IST

Around 86 people were reported dead after a clash broke out between the farming communities and nomadic herders in the central province of Nigera on Monday.

Police spokesman Terna Tyopev while addressing the local media said, "Eighty six persons all together were killed, six people injured, fifty houses burnt."

Clashes between the nomadic Fulani herdsmen, who are mostly Muslims, and farmers, who are predominantly Christians, have rocked Nigeria's Middle Belt since 2013 and are now becoming a regular affair.

Commander of the Special Military Task Force, Major General Anthony Atolagbe, told the local media that they had arrested three people for being involved in the clashes.

He said, “The suspected killers have been giving useful information about others involved in the killings and their hideouts,” he said. “We are going all out for them. Also, troops have been deployed to ensure normalcy is restored.”

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari appealed the nation to maintain peace and stay calm as the military and police tried to end the clashes. He said “no efforts will be spared” to find the attackers and prevent reprisal attacks.

Settled farming communities and nomadic cattle herders often clash in Nigeria. The clashes usually erupt over access to land and grazing rights. Farmers are mostly Christian, while herders are ethnic Fulani and mostly Muslim.