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Many perish as Fulani, Hausa clash in Sokoto

…A soldier and security operative die in conflict.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Tension heightened in Gwadabawa community area of Sokoto state, the caliphate, following a conflict between the Fulani and Hausa people residing in the area, which led to the death of many locals from both sides, including a security operative.

A local official, Aminu Gwadabawa, told the VOA Hausa in an interview monitored by journalist on Saturday, that “People in the area were living in fear, as the conflict even claimed the life of a soldier. They are afraid of reprisal attacks from the Fulani bandits,” he said.

According to a survivor, “The Fulani allegedly attacked my relations with knives. But he has spiritual powers that would not allow sharp objects to pierce his skin. So, they intensified the attack on him and succeeded in hacking his head off his body,” he stated.

Similarly, a Fulani man, who survived the violent communal clash, narrated his ordeal, saying, “I was shot at twice but I survived. I begged them not to kill me. But they shot at me.”

Real causes of the conflicts were yet to be ascertained. The VOA Hausa reported that when the police in Sokoto were contacted, they said they were still waiting for details of the attack.

Scores were reportedly killed during the conflict, while many sustained various degrees of injuries. Attacks allegedly by Fulani bandits were not new in the area as of recent.

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