Kano – At least 45 villagers were killed in a dawn raid on Sunday by suspected herdsmen in Nigeria’s central Benue state, a police spokesperson and a legislator said.
“I confirm that 45 people, including women and children, were killed this morning in an attack on Egba village… of Benue state by suspected herdsmen,” state police spokesperson Austin Ezeani, told AFP.
“Several others were injured in the gun and machete attack,” he also said.
A Benue state parliamentarian from the area, Audu Sule, gave a death toll of about 50 from the attack.
He also said women and children were among those killed.
Hundreds of people have been killed in attacks and reprisal attacks between farmers and ethnic Fulani herdsmen in the past few years in the state.