Gunmen kill 38 villagers in Nigeria

Villagers blamed the attack on longstanding tribal rivalries.

Gunmen kill 38 villagers in Nigeria

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 38 people were killed on Tuesday in attacks on two villages in Nigeria's northwestern Kaduna State, a local official has said.

"Thirty-eight people were murdered today when gunmen invaded Ankpon village in Nandu district and Kabamu village in Fadan Karshi in the Numan district of Sanga local government area," local government chairman Emmanuel Adamu told reporters.

"While 21 people were killed in Fadan Karshi, 17 died in Nandu," he said.

Adamu added that victims included women and children and that homes had been torched in the early morning attack.

He stopped short, however, of saying what had precipitated the carnage in southern Kaduna.

Villagers, for their part, told Anadolu Agency that the attack was linked to longstanding tribal rivalries.

"Efforts are ongoing to forestall a repeat of this wanton destruction of lives and properties, while security agencies are trying to identify the culprits," Adamu said.

Police have yet to comment on the latest killings in the northwestern state, which is known for being a hotbed of ethno-religious tensions fuelled largely by economic and political differences.

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