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Herdsmen kill at least 96 people in Nigeria

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At least 96 people have been killed in Nigeria after several villages were attacked by nomadic herders in a land dispute.

The massacre took place in the province of Benue, near the country's middle belt region, and is suspected to have been carried out by Fulani herdsmen.

A senior military officer said fighting around five villages lasted several days in the Logo local government area of Benue.

Police spokesman Austine Ezeani said a mobile police unit was deployed to the area.

Nigerian troops fought militiamen in early May after dozens were killed in villages on the border of middle belt states Plateau and Taraba.

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