Clashes between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria’s Plateau state have left seven dead. Plateau states is located on the dividing line between Nigeria’s predominately Muslim north and its predominately Christian south. Violence between Christians and Muslims is not rare in Plateau, but the frequency of incidents seems to be rising.
4/9/2013 Nigeria (Global Post) – Clashes between rival ethnic groups in central Nigeria killed seven people at the weekend, the latest flare up in a conflict that has left at least 66 people dead in three weeks, the military said Tuesday.
Plateau state, which falls on the dividing line between Nigeria’s mostly Muslim north and predominately Christian south, has been racked for more than a decade by ethnic violence fuelled by land and political disputes.
“Seven people were killed in the attack at (the central) Langtang area of the state over the weekend,” the military spokesman in Plateau, Captain Salisu Mustapha told AFP.
He said the suspected gunmen were members of the mostly Muslim Fulani ethnic group, made up largely of nomadic herdsmen.
The violence continued in another area on Monday when purported Fulani attackers razed several homes and fired weapons, but no one was killed, Mustapha added.
The Fulani have been blamed for scores of attacks on Christians in the state, who are mainly farmers.
Plateau’s Christian ethnic groups see themselves as the state’s indigenous people and hold greater land ownership and political rights. They have accused the Fulani of trying to steal wide swathes of land.
Fulani leaders have said their tribesmen are the victims of unequal treatment from the state’s mostly Christian political leaders.