Sixteen Massacred At Party For Newborn In Nigeria Conflict
Faizan Hashmi 2 days ago Tue 16th April 2019 | 08:39 PM
Sixteen people were killed and 14 were wounded when gunmen opened fire at a party to name a newborn baby, police said Tuesday, in the latest violence between farmers and herders in central Nigeria
Those murdered included the parents and the infant, residents said.
"The attack happened when some people were having a celebration at night," state deputy police commissioner Umar Shehu Nadada told AFP. "The unidentified gunmen killed 16 people and injured 14 others." Numa, a farming village home to people from the Mada ethnic group, has been at loggerheads with Fulani herders.
Residents accused the herders of the attack, saying the men turned up about three hours after dusk to join the party.
In the darkness, they opened fire into the crowd.
"We believe the attackers are Fulani.. they pretended to have come to celebrate with the family," said resident Emmanuel Kato.
"It was while the party was going on that they brought out their guns and started shooting the people, killing 16 and injuring many others." Kato said those killed included the couple and their newborn, as well as a pregnant woman.
The region has seen deadly clashes between Fulani herders and farmers over land, grazing and water for years.