Several villages razed in NE Nigeria

2012-05-14 22:27

Lagos - Gunmen surrounded villages in northeast Nigeria and set them ablaze, killing at least 12 people and wounding 48 others in violence that could spread as attackers remain hiding in the rural region, the Nigerian Red Cross said Monday.

The attacks targeted four villages early on Sunday morning in a remote area of Adamawa state, which borders Cameroon. The number of dead could rise as relief workers remain unable to reach the villages affected and about 2 000 people have fled, the Red Cross said in a report obtained by The Associated Press.

Volunteers "could not get safe access to these affected communities as the gunmen are said to be in the bush around the communities changing plans," the report read. It estimated as many as 100 gunmen attacked the villages.

The dead included at least one police officer, the report read. Those injured suffered gunshot and machete wounds.

Relief workers had warned this weekend that people had begun fleeing the Lamurde local government area as rumours of an attack spread through the villages. The attack likely is a reprisal from Hausa Fulani cattle herdsmen over another killing earlier this year, the Red Cross said.

Soldiers apparently had surrounded the area by Monday. Yushau Shuaib, a spokesperson for Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency, said on Monday that officials were aware of the violence, but had no further details. Police officials in Adamawa state could not be immediately reached for comment.

Nigeria, a multi-ethnic nation of more than 160 million people, often sees outbreaks of violence across religious lines. However, the attacks often find their root in political and economic problems.

Meanwhile, the nation is facing increasingly bloody sectarian attacks from a radical Islamist sect known as Boko Haram.

  • Omo - 2012-05-14 23:10

    How many more lives have to be lost before Nigeria is divided? It is obvious that the British experiment has failed.Jonathan we know you know who are sponsoring these attacks.Divide Nigeria now into the four original countries it was before.Odua republic, Arewa republic,Niger delta republic and Biafra republic.This is the only way there will be peace.

      Daniel Joshua - 2012-05-15 00:22

      Omo this is not enough for Nigeria to be divided.Let us leave our evil ways and stick together in peace as brother and sister. Together we stand,divided we fall.I believe in One Nigeria. Let' us look on to God not Jonathan. There is a new beginning for Nigeria .Let somebody shout Halleluya.

      Koos - 2012-05-15 02:57

      To devide will not stop the killing. Muslims can only live in 'peace' if they are not close to anything or anybody that don't think, act and do as they do. Not even different sects can live in peace. Look at Iraq as an example. India were devided to create muslim state Pakistan. Who is creating the violence in that area to this day? They will simply not leave the other people alone. They will keep on forcing their way of life onto others. That is the reality.

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