World Bulletin/News Desk
The Nigerian Red Cross announced Saturday that 84 people were killed in Tuesday's communal violence in the northeast Taraba state, while police put the death toll at only.
"Some 37 people were buried as soon as they were killed while 47 others were confirmed dead at various hospitals," Saidu Aji, the Red Cross official in Wukari, a town near Jalingo, the provincial capital, told reporters.
He said 40 people were still receiving treatment for various injuries sustained during the clashes.
A 24-hour curfew was imposed on Tuesday following deadly ethnic clashes between Fulani herdsmen and indigenous Jukun tribesmen.
Taraba Acting Governor Garba Umar confirmed Saturday that the area remains under curfew.
Police, meanwhile, insisted that only 24 people were killed.
"A total 24 people died in the crisis, 34 were injured and 99 houses were also torched," police spokesman Joseph Waji told reporters in Jalingo Saturday.
Fulani herdsmen are nomads who move from one settlement to another in search of better grazing grounds for their animals.
They often clash with farmers amid tit-for-tat accusations over the destruction of farmland and cattle theft.
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