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Cattle herders killed in northern Nigeria

Survivors say dozens of gunmen on motorbikes in northern Nigeria have killed more than 100 villagers in an ongoing conflict over land.

They say scores of people are fleeing on foot from four attacked villages about 110 miles (180 kilometres) west of Katsina city.

Residents reached by telephone said the attacks began late Tuesday and the latest victims were killed Thursday afternoon.

Kabiru Ismail of Maigora village said he counted more than 100 bodies buried in three villages. The village imam said two policemen were among the dead.

For months, the area has been terrorized by raids blamed on semi-nomadic Fulani herders attacking Hausa farmers. Both are Muslim.

Most Fulani-related violence in Nigeria is concentrated around central Plateau state where Muslim herders are pitted against Christian farmers.

The Canadian Press

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