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At least 36 people have died and dozens of houses have been burned in religious clashes central Nigeria over the past week. The military said on Saturday that the latest casualties were in addition to at least 23 people killed in attacks in the volatile region on March 20 and 21.
Violence since Monday has seen ethnic Fulani Muslims raid Christian villages in Plateau state, an area where thousands have been killed or displaced in recent years in a cycle of attacks and reprisals. Plateau is in the so-called Middle Belt region which divides the mainly Christian south and mostly Muslim north of Africa’s most populous nation. The latest attack occurred late on Thursday in the Barkin Ladi area, Lieutenant Jude Akpa, a security task force spokesman, said. “Unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulanis attacked and killed nine persons there and three were injured,” he said. …
[T]he assailants, armed with assault rifles, struck a village called Ratas and opened fire in the night while many there were sleeping. Witnesses said that the shooting lasted for almost two hours before the attackers fled.
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