Gunmen Kill 18 Wedding Guests in Northern Nigeria

 In Terrorism, Local, Africa, MINT, N11

Gunmen have killed 18 guests at a wed­ding in north­ern Nigeria‘s Kaduna state, local offi­cials said Monday, in the latest vio­lence in the region.

The gunmen on motor­cy­cles stormed Kukum-Daji vil­lage in Kaura dis­trict late Sunday and opened fire on the guests, they said.

“The gunmen killed 18 people at the wed­ding party and injured 30 others, most of them young men,” Bege Katuka Ayuba, the admin­is­tra­tive head of the dis­trict told AFP.

“Fifteen died on the spot while three more died at the hos­pi­tal,” he said.

It was not imme­di­ate­ly clear who was behind the attack but the area has been a hotbed of deadly vio­lence between Muslim Fulani herders and ethnic Christian farmers.

The state police spokesman con­firmed the attack with­out giving a toll.

“There have been reports of loss of lives in the attack but we don’t have a def­i­nite casu­al­ty figure yet,” Mohammed Jalinge told AFP.

The mainly-Christian Southern Kaduna area has been wracked by a long-stand­ing dis­pute between farm­ers and herders over graz­ing and water rights.

There has been an upsurge in tit-for-tat killings between the two groups in recent times, prompt­ing the state author­i­ties to ini­ti­ate an unsuc­cess­ful truce.

The Defense Post source|articles

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