World Bulletin / News Desk
The Nigerian army confirmed on Tuesday that 16 people were killed in an attack on a village in the central Plateau state a day earlier.
"Nine dead bodies were recovered and about seven charred bodies after the incident," the task force spokesman Captain Salisu Mustapha said in a statement.
Mustapha said they had received a distress call on Monday morning about an attack by suspected Fulani militia on two persons who were on their way to the farm in Shonong village, in Riyom local government area.
He added that by the time special task force personnel deployed around the area, it discovered that the persons had been killed and that the entire village was under attack by dozens of armed men.
"The assailants immediately went on burning huts, farm produce and attacking innocent people," said the army spokesman.
"Our troops quickly called for reinforcement, repelled the attackers and secured the area."
He confirmed that nine persons died of gunshots while the remaining seven were burnt beyond recognition.
Plateau is a hotbed of bloody ethnic rivalry over scarce resources and political control between the indigenous Berom tribe and the Hausa-Fulani herdsmen over control of land or political dividends.
Natives accuse the settlers of seeking to take over their lands.
The Hausa-Fulani herdsmen, for their part, say they had settled in the area for the past 200 years and complain that local politicians often side with the natives.
The crisis, which dated back to the 1990s, appears to defy all efforts to douse it, with some rights group fingering politicians and government's 'insincerity' in the intractable crisis.Last Mod: 08 Ocak 2014, 10:21