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37 Killed As Farmers And Fulani Herdsmen Clash In Kaduna

According to reports, a clash between farmers in Kajuru, Kajuru local government area, Kaduna state and Fulani herdsmen has led to the killing of at least 37 indigenes and farmers. 

Reports have it that the village was attacked by the herds men in a renewed clash between Sunday, July 16 and Monday, July 17. 

Reports said that while many died, scores villagers also sustained injuries in the clash. 

The violence started when Kadara youths in the in the village attacked and killed a herdsman, who was identified as one of the herdsmen that had terrorized the communities for some time. 
The killing of the herdsman however, prompted an attack from his colleagues, who reportedly stormed Ungwan Uka. 

A resident of the affected village said the herdsman who was killed was caught harassing people and then lynched. 

He explained that even though the Fulani herdsmen in the area were aware of the activities of the alleged bandit killed, they vowed to avenge his death. 

The source said: 

“The Chief of Kajuru even called them and spoke with them, but we were surprised that in the early hours of Sunday, they came and carried out the attack.” 

This initially led to the death of five youths who were involved in the killing of the alleged bandit, leading to further clash between the Kadara youths and the Fulani settlers in the area. 

Salisu Mohammed, one of the witnesses said some security agents were drafted to the area for peace.

However, once the security agents left the place, the violence stsrted again with at least 10 people killed and properties destroyed. 

“These are the bodies that have been recovered. We do not know the actual number of casualties as our people are scattered all over running for dear life,” he said. 

He said those killed were buried in a mass grave. 

The acting police public relations officer of the command, ASP Yakubu Sabo, said the force is aware of a misunderstanding among some individuals in the community, which later led to a clash. 

He also explained that the clash was stopped by a combination of the police and army.

He said the police is not able to confirm the number of casualties. 

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