Gunmen kill 2 in Nigeria

2012-08-24 09:43

Jos - Gunmen suspected to be ethnic Fulani herdsmen invaded a mainly Christian village in restive central Nigeria's Plateau State, killing two people, police said.

"The two men were ambushed on their way from the farm where they had gone to fetch firewood and shot dead," said state police spokesperson Abuh Emmanuel.

He said the attackers were believed to be ethnic Fulani herdsmen, but added that no arrest had been made following the incident in Sho village, near the flashpoint city of Jos, the state capital.

Head of a Jos-based NGO, Stefanos Foundation, Mark Lipdo said the assailants also destroyed some farmlands during the attack.

"They came into the village with their guns shooting at villagers. One villager was injured in the leg," he added.

Plateau state falls in Nigeria's so-called "Middle Belt", where the mainly Christian south meets the majority Muslim north, and has been the site of waves of sectarian violence in recent years.

The area has also been attacked by the Islamist group Boko Haram in recent months, leaving dozens dead.