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Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Wedding day massacre as gunmen kill 18 guests and wound 30 others in Nigerian region that has seen spate of violence between Muslims and Christians

  • Armed men, believed to be herders, shot and killed 18 guests at a wedding party
  • Some 30 people were injured at the attack in Kukum-Daji village in Kaura district
  • Others are now believed to be missing and security forces have been drafted in 
  • Violence in Kaduna between Muslim Fulani herders and ethnic Christian farmers 
Gunmen killed 18 guests at a wedding celebration in northern Nigeria's Kaduna state.
The armed men arrived on motorcycles and stormed Kukum-Daji village in Kaura district before opening fire on the guests at 10.35pm on Sunday.
'The gunmen killed 18 people at the wedding party and injured 30 others, most of them young men,' said Bege Katuka Ayuba, the administrative head of the district.
'Fifteen died on the spot while three more died at the hospital,' he said.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack but the area has recently been a hotbed of deadly violence between Muslim Fulani herders and ethnic Christian farmers.
The bodies of the victims were laid out on the ground and covered in brightly coloured fabrics as mourners gathered around them
The bodies of the victims were laid out on the ground and covered in brightly coloured fabrics as mourners gathered around them 
The state police spokesman confirmed there had been deaths without giving a toll.
'There have been reports of loss of lives in the attack but we don't have a definite casualty figure yet,' Mohammed Jalinge said.
The mainly-Christian Southern Kaduna area has been wracked by a long-standing dispute between farmers and herders over grazing and water rights.
There has been an upsurge in tit-for-tat killings between the two groups in recent times, prompting the state authorities to initiate an unsuccessful truce. 
A community leader in the area, who spoke to The Cable on condition of anonymity, said 30 people who sustained serious injuries were taken to Throne Room Hospital, Kafanchan, St. Gerald Hospital and Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital in Kaduna.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack but the area has recently been a hotbed of deadly violence between Muslim Fulani herders and ethnic Christian farmers. Pictured, friends and relatives of the dead surround their bodies
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack but the area has recently been a hotbed of deadly violence between Muslim Fulani herders and ethnic Christian farmers. Pictured, friends and relatives of the dead surround their bodies
'The attack took place around 10pm and lasted for about an hour. The herdsmen came in a convoy of motorcycles and they were armed with guns,' he said.
'We had a wedding earlier in the day and the youth continued with celebrations into the night. Everybody here is enraged by this attack.' 
Some villagers are believed to be missing and security forces have been drafted to the area. 
It comes a year after hundreds of men and boys were freed from a 'house of torture' Islamic school where they were kept in chains, sexually abused and beaten in Kaduna.

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