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Gunmen raid, destroy villages in Nigeria

From Vladimir Duthiers, CNN
updated 9:41 AM EDT, Tue May 15, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • More than 100 raiders took part in violence that killed at least 12, wounded 48, Red Cross says
  • Attacks are believed to be related to a feud between local cattle herders and farmers
  • At least 2,000 people have fled the violence

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) -- Machete-wielding gunmen raided several remote villages in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 12 people and wounding 48, the Red Cross said.

The incident took place Sunday, with more than 100 attackers taking part in the overnight raids about 3 a.m., the Red Cross said.

The attacks took place in Adamawa state near the border with Cameroon. Four villages, including Suwa and Bukutto, were razed, according to witnesses, the organization said.

The attacks are believed to be related to a feud between local cattle herders and farmers. At least 2,000 people have fled the area in hopes of avoiding the violence.

There is an immediate need for food, shelter, and other necessities for those displaced by the violence, the Red Cross said.

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