Nigeria: Armed assailants kill19 people in a night-time raid on a rural community

In Nigeria, armed assailants today killed 19 people in a night-time raid on a rural community. The gunmen torched houses and other buildings after launching the attack against the Tawari community in Kogi state, 100 kilometres south of the capital Abuja.

A local security source told AFP that the killings were suspected to be a reprisal attack linked to clashes with a rival community in the area, but there is no official confirmation.

Police spokesman said the motive for the attack and identity of the assailants remained unclear.

The Hindu

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