The death toll in weekend attacks in the central Nigerian state of Plateau has risen to 113, a local official said on Monday, in a region where clashes between herders and farmers are common.

Iran PressAfrica: The attacks by the gangs, locally known as “bandits,” happened in several communities including the Bokkos and Barkin Ladi local government areas of Plateau state from Saturday into the early hours of Monday, according to Monday Kassah, the head of the local government in Bokkos.

The acting chairman of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State, Monday Kassah, said 113 people had been killed in the attacks on Saturday and Sunday.

Local news publication The Daily Trust quoted Captain Oya James, the spokesman for Operation Safe Haven, a joint security task force maintaining law and order in Plateau state, as confirming that 113 bodies had been recovered.

Armed attacks have been a major security threat in Nigeria's northern and central regions, leading to deaths and kidnappings. 


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