- Title: Gunmen kill 36 villagers in Nigeria's divided Plateau state
- Date: 25th August 2021
- Summary: VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PROTESTING WALKING CARRYING NIGERIAN FLAG AND IN TRUCKS VARIOUS OF MILITARY CORDONING OFF THE ROAD WAILING WOMAN ON FLOOR VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS GATHERED IN FRONT OF THE GOVERNMENT BUILDING
- Embargoed: 8th September 2021 23:21
- Keywords: Attack Fighting Hausa-Fulani Killing
- Location: JOS, NIGERIA
- City: JOS, NIGERIA
- Country: Nigeria
- Topics: Africa,Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA002ERS4T3B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
Attackers shot dead at least 36 people and destroyed buildings in a night raid on a village near the central Nigerian city of Jos, officials said on Wednesday (August 25), in an area hit by repeated ethnic clashes.
The gunmen went house to house killing residents in Yelwa Zangam late on Tuesday (August 24), a military spokesman said. Troops struggled to get to the area as a bridge had been destroyed, he added.
Protesters gathered outside government buildings in Jos to vent frustrations as well as bring several bodies of those who had been slain.
Jos is the capital of Plateau State - part of Nigeria's so-called Middle Belt which has seen regular fighting between the Hausa-Fulani group, who dominate the whole of northern Nigeria, and a number of much smaller local ethnic groups.
The whole of Nigeria has been experiencing an upsurge of violence this year, with abductions for ransom and armed robberies commonplace in several states.
The underlying cause of much of the tension is poverty which intensifies competition for resources and jobs and, in the Middle Belt, exacerbates a complex intersection of ethnic and religious rivalries.
(Production: Joshua Funom, Angela Ukomadu)
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