Six people were killed last weekend when cattle herders battled farmers in northeast Nigeria, a state government official said on Tuesday, in violence that has piled pressure on the government. The clashes happened on Sunday in the Numan district of Adamawa state, where militia from the ethnic Bachama farming community killed at least 30 Fulani herders last November.
“Six people were killed and many others were injured in attacks on two villages, Kikan and Lauru,” Adamawa state information commissioner Ahmad Sajo told AFP. “A group of Fulani attacked Kikan, which is a Bachama village, killing three people, injuring many and carting away cattle.”
He added: “Bachama youths in the area mobilised and launched a reprisal attack on nearby Lauru village.” But the attack may have targeted the wrong community, as Lauru is home to Hausa-speaking Muslims who are not Fulani people.