JOS, Nigeria Feb 22 Armed men shot or hacked to
death 10 people in a village in central Nigeria's Plateau state,
a government official and witness said on Friday, in a region
with a long history of ethnic violence.
Men carrying rifles and machetes stormed Kogom village on
Thursday afternoon, killing six adults and four children, said
Habila Musa, who witnessed the attack. He said some of the
killers were dressed in military uniform.
State government spokesman Ayuba Pam confirmed 10 people had
been killed in an attack on Thursday. The police said there had
been an incident but declined to give details.
Plateau sits on the dividing line between the mostly Muslim
north and largely Christian south. For years it has been a
tinderbox of ethnic and religious unrest over land and power
between local people and migrants from other regions.
Unrest can lead to criminal gangs carrying out violent
robberies or rustling cattle in the farming region.
At least nine people were killed last month after the
discovery of a corpse of a missing person sparked tit-for-tat
violence between Christian and Muslim groups.
In early 2010, around 400 people were killed in a week of
sectarian and ethnic bloodshed in Plateau.
Security experts believe many attacks go unreported because
authorities are keen not to stoke further unrest by making them
public and because of the remoteness of the areas where violence
The radical Islamist sect Boko Haram has attempted to stoke
violence between Christians and Muslims in central Nigeria,
bombing churches in the Plateau state capital Jos last year.
(Reporting by Bello Buhari; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by