ICC Note: Suspected radical Islamist Fulani cattle herders murdered 15 people in two villages in Taraba State, Nigeria, carrying out a prototypical kind of assault for which they have become notorious. Attackers burned thatch-roof houses, forcing villagers to escape. The attack occurred around 11 a.m. Sunday, according to police. These kinds of raids occur far too often across the “Middle-Belt” of Nigeria where Christian farming villages face threats of attack by gunshot, fire, and machete. In late February, Fulani herdsmen slaughtered more than 500 people in Benue State.
By Mohammed Mustapha
4/13/16 Taraba State, Nigeria (Premium Times) – Suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked Dori and Mesuma villages in Gashaka Local Government Area of Taraba State, on Sunday, killing at least 15 people, police said Tuesday.
Residents said more than 40 people were killed and several houses razed by the attackers.
Speaking to reporters at headquaters of the state police command, the state commissioner of police, Shaba Alkali, said the herdsmen launched coordinated attacks on the two villages on Sunday at about 11AM.
“A group of people numbering about twenty, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, invaded and attacked Dori and Mesuma villages via Garbabi ward, Gashaka LGA, and burnt some thatch houses forcing the villagers to flee into the villages of Mayo-Selbe and Sabon Gida for safety,” the police chief said.