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Worsened by climate change and the demographic explosion in this country of 215 million inhabitants, sporadic violence has led to a serious security crisis. (Archive photo)

Agence France-Presse

At least 160 people were killed in attacks by armed groups between Saturday evening and Monday in Several villages in Plateau State, in central Nigeria, local authorities announced on Monday.

The hostilities started on Saturday continued Monday morning, told AFP Monday Kassah, the president of the government council of Bokkos, a constituency located in this region plagued for several years by religious and ethnic tensions.

At least 113 bodies have been found, he added.

And more than 300 people were injured and transferred to hospitals in Bokkos, Jos and Barkin Ladi, said Monday Kassah.

An initial assessment provisional information from the local Red Cross transmitted to AFP reported Monday evening 104 deaths in 18 villages in the Bokkos region.

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Armed groups, whose members are locally described as bandits, have attacked no fewer than 20 villages , burning down numerous houses, between Saturday evening and Monday morning, said Mr. Kassah, according to whom the attacks were well coordinated.

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The new Nigerian president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who took office last May, has been fighting against insecurity one of the priorities of his mandate. (File photo)

In addition to these 113 deaths in the Bokkos constituency, at least 50 people were killed in four villages in the neighboring Barkin Ladi constituency, according to Dickson Chollom, an elected official in the local assembly. p>

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We were sleeping at night when suddenly gunshots rang out. We were afraid, we did not expect an attack, Markus Amorudu, a resident of the village of Mushu, who was targeted during the night from Saturday to Sunday, told AFP on Sunday.

People hid, but the attackers captured many of us, some were killed, others were injured.

A quote from Markus Amorudu, a resident of Mushu village

On Sunday, the governor of Plateau State, Caleb Mutfwang, called this barbaric, brutal and unjustified armed action.

Proactive measures will be taken by the government to curb ongoing attacks against innocent citizens, Gyang promised Bere, the governor's spokesperson.

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A Nigerian soldier is seen among weapons recovered from bandits during a military operation carried out in 2022. (Photo by archives)

Gunfire was still heard late Monday afternoon, a local source said, contradicting army statements according to which the situation was brought under control on Sunday.

At the request of the AFP on Monday, the police did not followed up.

The NGO Amnesty International reacted to this violence on its X account.

Nigerian authorities have consistently failed in their attempts to put an end to these frequent attacks in Plateau State.

A quote from Amnesty International, on X (formerly Twitter)

The populations of the northwestern and central regions of Nigeria live in terror of attacks by jihadist groups and criminal gangs who pillage villages and kill or kidnap their inhabitants.

For years, a bitter competition has raged between transhumant herders and sedentary farmers for natural resources in central and north-western Nigeria, with the latter accusing the former of ransacking their land with their livestock.< /p>

Aggravated by climate change and the demographic explosion in this country of 215 million inhabitants, sporadic violence has led to serious security crisis – between attacks by heavily armed bandits and endless reprisals between communities –, but also humanitarian.

The new Nigerian president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who took office last May, made the fight against insecurity one of the priorities of his mandate.

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