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30 die as cattle rearers, farmers clash in Nasarawa

LAFIA —  At least 30 people have been killed in clashes between cattle rearers and farmers in Nasarawa State, witnesses said.

ocal people said armed men drove from house to house shooting. Farms and homes have been destroyed in the remote village of Udenin Gida.

The fighting follows weeks of tensions between the two groups.

Reporters who have visited the village said they counted up to 50 dead bodies, many of whom they said were women and children.

The village is now under the control of the police.

The conflict between ethnic Fulani herders and farmers has been partially caused by climate change.

Environmentalists said the Sahara Desert is creeping south by as much as 16km a year.

This has increased competition between rival groups for access to land.


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