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  • 16 March 2014, 20:21

100 Die In Nigerian Inter-Tribal Violence

More than 100 people are reported to have been shot, hacked or burned to death in central Nigeria.

Fulani herdsmen are said to have been responsible for the raids which led to the deaths in an area riven by disputes over land, religion and ethnicity.

Hundreds more have been killed in clashes between the mostly-Muslim Fulani cattle herders and largely-Christian Berom, who live in settled communities.

Police said the raids took place around 11pm on Friday on three villages in Kaduna state.

One witness, Pius Nna, 64, of Ungwan Gata village, said "I came back from the market and there were bullets flying all around the village.

"I saw three people running into my house to take refuge. They were macheted to death before my eyes."

He said he escaped by jumping across an open well and fleeing into the bush.

Daniel Anyip, vice chairman of the Kaura local government authority, said: "We are still picking bodies out of the bush but so far there are more than 100 killed."

Andrew Kazah, another local councillor, said at least 96 had been killed, but the death toll was likely to go up.

The authorities have been struggling to maintain law and order as Nigeria is also suffering from a bloody insurgency in the northeast by Boko Haram, an al Qaeda-linked group which wants to impose Islamic law in northern Nigeria.

The country is Africa's most populous nation with almost 170 million people, split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims.

Around 250 different ethnic groups live in the country, most of whom live peacefully side-by-side.

Meanwhile, officials said at least 16 people died in stampedes when a half million people were invited to apply for fewer than 5,000 Nigerian government jobs.