Hundreds of militia men reportedly descended on Bakin Kogi in the Kaninkon Chiefdom of Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA) in southern Kaduna State during the evening of 19 February, burning down houses, killing at least seven people and leaving scores more injured.
In the early hours of 20 February, Fulani gunmen killed 14 people during simultaneous attacks on the villages of Mifi and Ashim in Kaura LGA in the Attakad Chiefdom. Victims included women and children, and were aged between eight and 73. The herdsmen are also reported to have engaged in fierce gun battles with soldiers and mobile policemen who eventually moved in to quell the attacks.
Fulani herder attacks on non-Muslim communities in the central Nigerian states of Kaduna, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba and Benue, which have been ongoing since 2010, spiralled in May 2015, with states experiencing intense cycles of violence. According to a report by analysts SB Morgen Intelligence (SBM), by mid-December 2016, a total of 1,425 people had died in attacks launched by herdsman on these states.
Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide