Witness: 19 killed in central Nigeria attack

Associated Press

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — A witness says at least 19 people have been killed after gunmen raided a village in central Nigeria in the latest unrest in the region.

The witness said Monday that gunmen believed to be nomadic Muslim cattle herders raided the village of Ataka in Kaduna state early Sunday morning. The witness said the dead included women and children. The witness spoke on condition of anonymity as he feared reprisal attacks.

Kaduna police spokesman Aminu Lawan said Monday that police were aware of the attack, but had no other information.

Ataka sits close to neighboring Plateau state. There, authorities say fighting between cattle herders and Christian villages has killed more than 50 people recently.

The area sits on the uneasy dividing line between Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north and largely Christian south.

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