Nigerian authorities say armed teams referred to as ‘bandits’ hit 20 communities and injure greater than 300 folks.
Armed teams have killed greater than 100 folks in a string of assaults concentrating on cities throughout central Nigeria, one other lethal episode in a area with persistent non secular and ethnic tensions.
Native officers on Monday mentioned the toll of the weekend assaults by armed teams, generally known as “bandits”, has risen to 113, rising sharply from the federal government’s preliminary rely of 16.
“As many as 113 individuals have been confirmed killed as Saturday hostilities endured to early hours of Monday,” Monday Kassah, head of the native authorities in Bokkos in Plateau State, advised the Agence France-Presse information company.
Kassah mentioned the “well-coordinated” assaults, which additionally injured greater than 300 folks, focused a minimum of 20 communities throughout the area.
“Proactive measures can be taken by the federal government to curb ongoing assaults in opposition to harmless civilians,” mentioned Gyang Bere, a spokesperson for Plateau Governor Caleb Mutfwang.
Kassah didn’t say who was chargeable for the assaults however famous that the injured had been taken to hospital.
Plateau is one in all a number of states that make up the ethnically and religiously numerous Center Belt in Nigeria, the place local weather change and increasing agriculture has strained communities and elevated tensions between Muslim herders and Christian farmers.
Lots of of individuals have been killed in circumstances of intercommunal violence lately.
After the weekend assaults, the rights group Amnesty Worldwide mentioned authorities within the West African nation “have been failing to finish frequent lethal assaults on rural communities of Plateau state”.
Battle has continued to roil the nation’s northern and central areas, the place armed teams are energetic and authorities forces have been accused of committing abuses.
This month, Nigerian President Bola Tinubu ordered an investigation after a navy drone strike killed 85 civilians gathered for a non secular celebration.
Tinubu lamented what he known as the “bombing mishap”.
Kaduna Governor Uba Sani mentioned on the time that the civilians had been mistakenly killed by a drone concentrating on “terrorists and bandits”.