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At Least 30 Killed in Clashes in Central Nigeria

At least 30 villagers have been hacked or shot to death in communal fighting in central Nigeria that has cut off entire communities for days, residents in the area said today. The clash in the village of Kadyal, in the Kanam district of the state of Plateau, is the latest incident in the violence threatening Nigeria’s national elections next month, the first since military rule ended in 1999. Survivors said the killings followed an invasion of Kadyal on Saturday. “Over 30 Kanam people were murdered on Saturday, March 8, by unknown people,” Abubakar Alzubayr, a lawyer, said at a news conference in Jos. He said the attack had been carried out at night with guns and machetes. Ethnic and religious clashes are common in central Nigeria, where mostly Christian and animist farmers jostle for land with nomadic herdsmen, most of them Muslim. Their rivalry has been fueled by political differences. Full Story

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