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ICC Note: The conflict between Christians and Fulanis continues to escalate against Christian communities in Nigeria, who already face persecution by other groups of radicals. Many of the attacks against Christian farmers have taken place in Kaduna city and the government has determined that a curfew is necessary to control the situation.
02/22/2017, Nigeria (Reuters) – The government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on parts of central Nigeria, a government spokesman said on Tuesday, after clashes killed at least 14 in the region.
Conflict over grazing land and water, chiefly between semi-nomadic Muslim herders and Christian farmers, has piled pressure on authorities already facing an Islamist insurgency in its northeast and rebels in the oil-rich south.
Gunmen shot dead at least 14 villagers and destroyed property in an attack on the Kaura village of Takad in southern Kaduna state on Monday, said Enock Andong, a local community leader.
As a result of violence in Kaura and the Jema’a region, the state government imposed a 24-hour curfew on the two areas, Samuel Aruwan, a spokesman for the governor of Kaduna, said in a statement.
Kaduna – a flashpoint for north-south, Muslim-Christian frictions – has in recent months seen the worst violence since 800 people were killed in riots after elections in 2011.

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