Eleven people were killed on Saturday in the attack on a town in southwestern Nigeria, in Oyo state, by unidentified gunmen, police said on Sunday (June 6th). Saturday, “Around 11:10 p.m., suspected armed bandits (…) invaded the town of Igangan”Oyo State Police spokesman Adewale Osifeso said in a statement, adding that “Eleven people, including some of the attackers”, had been killed. Several buildings and vehicles were also set on fire during the attack.
Police patrols have been deployed in the area to y “Prevent any further disaggregation of public order”.
Details of the attack were not yet known on Sunday, but parts of Nigeria have for several years been facing deadly clashes between nomadic herders and farmers for access to resources. Inter-ethnic tensions in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and home to more than 250 ethnic and linguistic groups, are not uncommon. Unrest had erupted in February in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, between the Hausa (majority ethnic group in the north of the country) and Yoruba (majority ethnic group in the southwest) communities.
For several months, the south of the most populous country in Africa has also been facing a rise in hate speech targeting people from the North.