An army spokesman said gunmen had been killing people in Yelwa Zangam late Tuesday. He added that soldiers had been struggling to get to the area because a bridge had been destroyed.
Jos is the capital of Plateau state – part of Nigeria’s so-called Medieval Belt, where fighting is frequent between the Hausa-Fulani group, who dominate all of northern Nigeria, and several indigenous ethnic groups. much smaller side.
Plateau Governor Simon Lalong described the attack as an “act of barbarism” and said security forces had arrested 10 suspects and were pursuing others.
He said he is resetting a 24-hour curfew for the surrounding area to avoid further damage to people and property. Authorities recently relaxed the curfew after assailants killed 22 passengers in the same area on August 14.
A local resident said the attackers were Fulani from a nearby area linked to a feud with the Yelwa Zangam community. Reuters could not independently verify this.
A registration officer at a hospital in Jos told Reuters that 36 bodies had been brought in from the village.
Violence is on the rise
Nigeria as a whole has experienced an uptick in violence this year, with kidnappings for ransom and armed robberies being common in some states.
The underlying cause of much of the stress is poverty, which increases competition for resources and jobs, and in the Middle Belt, which exacerbates a complex component of inter-ethnic and religion.
The Hausa-Fulani, numbering in the tens of millions across Nigeria and predominantly Muslim, are seen as a threat by some of the smaller Middle Belt groups, who are predominantly Christian.