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Farmers, Herders Clash Over Land; 33 Killed

January 09, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Two days of ethnic clashes pitting Mambilla farmers against semi-nomadic Fulani cattle herders in a battle over land killed at least 33 people, Nigerian police said.

The fighting took place in a belt of fertile land in the Fali mountain range, close to the town of Mambilla, about six miles from Nigeria's border with Cameroon.

The violence erupted Saturday, when a Mambilla militia clashed with a group of Fulani herdsmen, police spokesman Clement Roberts said.

Roberts said that 41 people were arrested and that weapons including automatic rifles and ammunition were confiscated.

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