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Gunmen kill more than 100 in Nigeria’s north, say survivors

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AP) – An armed gang has killed more than 100 people in a remote part of northern Nigeria, survivors and local authorities said on Tuesday.

The attackers targetted four villages in the Kanam area of Plateau State, the most recent in a series of violent attacks in Nigeria’s north.

Such attacks in Nigeria’s northern region have become frequent, especially between Fulani who are mostly cattle herders and communities from the Hausa and other ethnic groups who are mainly farmers.

The conflict over access to land and water has further worsened the sectarian division in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with its 206 million people deeply divided along religious lines.

In this recent attack, the assailants arrived on Sunday afternoon, ransacking houses and shooting at residents, according to Alpha Sambo, a survivor and Kanam youth leader who is helping those displaced and injured.

“The people that have been killed are more than 100,” he told AP on Tuesday. Other witnesses said as many as 130 died and many have been injured and displaced.

The police and the state government confirmed the attacks but did not give details on the cause or number of casualties.

Authorities in Nigeria have in the past been accused of withholding information about death tolls in such killings.