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SECURITY BEEFED UP IN NORTHERN NIGERIAN STATE AFTER ATTACKS BY PASTORALISTS

LAGOS– Security has been beefed up along the border between the central north Nigerian state of Kaduna and Plateau state following fresh attack by suspected herdsmen on Tuesday which left 25 people dead.

Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Tuesday directed that security agencies in the state collaborate with their colleagues to forestall a spilloverof violence to the state. He said it was unfortunate that certain elements in the border communities succumbed to the tragic cycle of attacks and reprisals.

The governor also directed security agencies to work hand in hand with their Plateau state counterparts to ensure that those who carried out the killings are arrested and brought to justice.

Plateau state police spokesman Terna Tyopev told journalists in the Plateau state capital, Jos, that 25 people were killed in an attack on Dundu, a community in the state. Plateau State is situated in Nigeria’s middle belt where the Muslim-dominated north and the Christian-majority south meet.

On March 7, 2010, members of local Muslim and Christian communities fought each other in revenge for previous killings. The state has witnessed some bomb blasts and constant rifts between Berom and Fulani herdsmen, with many, especially women and children, murdered in cold blood.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK