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The Nigerian Army reports 48 dead in an escalation of violence against ethnic Christians by Fulani Muslims in Nigeria’s central Plateau State. The army clarified that 28 of the 48 deaths were those of residents of the three targeted villages, Karkashi, Bolgang and Magama. The remaining 20 deaths constituted Islamic assailants—responsible for the violence—gunned down by the Nigerian Army. The escalation parallels the deteriorating human rights and security situation in northern Nigeria’s Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States as a result of an upsurge in violence perpetrated, primarily against minority Christians in the region, by members of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
06/28/2013 Nigeria (AFP) – Raids by gunmen in ethnically divided central Nigeria and gun battles between soldiers and attackers have killed at least 48 people and left dozens of homes burnt, the military says.
The attacks appeared to have been reprisals linked to cattle theft, often the source of friction in the Middle Belt region dividing the mainly Muslim north and predominately Christian south of Africa’s most populous nation.
Thursday’s violence saw gunmen raid three villages in the remote Langtang region of Plateau state, leaving at least 28 residents dead.
Homes were also burnt in two other villages, said Captain Salisu Mustapha, spokesman for a military task force in the region.
He did not have a specific number of homes burnt, but said it was around 100. Residents were fleeing the area to find shelter and out of fears of further violence.
“We now have a total of 48 dead from the attacks on three villages,” Mustapha told AFP.
He said the dead included 20 assailants killed by soldiers who responded.
“Two suspected gunmen involved in the attacks were arrested with some arms and their motorcycles,” said Mustapha.
The villages attacked were Karkashi, Bolgang and Magama, and residents said the raids followed incidents of cattle rustling.
Herdsmen from the mainly Muslim Fulani ethnic group were suspected to be behind the raids on the villages populated by the mainly Christian Taroks.

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