About 100 people have been killed by gunmen in three villages in central Nigeria, the online newspaper This Day reported on Sunday. The attackers, believed to be Fulani herdsmen, arrived in large numbers armed with guns, knives and machetes in Ugwar Sankwai, Ungwar Gata and Chenshyi villages in Kaduna state on Saturday, according to the report. They spread out sporadically and set houses on fire.

The attacks occurred in an area where disputes over cattle or religion often turn violent. The attacks followed shortly after similar attacks happened in the neighbouring Katsina state.

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