11 dead in new Nigeria sectarian attack: Spokesman
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 15:59
Jos (Nigeria): Muslim herdsmen disguised as soldiers killed at least 11 people in an attack today on a Christian village in Nigeria, close to the site of a recent sectarian massacre, officials said.

Most of the victims of the raid on the village in the Riyom region of central Plateau state were women and children, state radio reported.

The police and government officials confirmed the incident.

"We received reports of an overnight attack on Riyom by people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen. Our men are already there to assess the casualty and the situation," Plateau state police spokesman Lerama Mohammed told.

A spokesman for the state government said that more than 10 people from the mainly Christian Berom clan had lost their lives in the attack.

"We heard of the attack on Riyom by some Fulanis. From what I have gathered, more than 10 people were killed," Dan Manjang told.

Manjang, who hails from Riyom, some 15 kilometres (nine miles) south of the state capital Jos, said he was on going to the village to assess the situation.

Simon Wapmok, chairman of the local municipality, was quoted as saying by state radio that he alerted the police and military authorities about the attack which took place at around 0130 am, but that help came too late.

The attackers were said to be dressed in army camouflage, said the radio, putting the death toll at 11.


First Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 15:59

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