At least 33 people have been murdered in a mass attack targeting five villages in the predominantly Christian district of Zangon Kataf in Nigeria.
The killings, which happened on Wednesday and Thursday, were perpetrated by Muslim Fulani herdsmen, who stormed the villages and then "shot residents as they fled their homes."
In the first attack, which occurred at around 11pm on 5 August, armed men of Fulani ethnicity who were reportedly travelling in trucks attacked Apiashyim and Kibori villages. Six people died and 20 homes were burnt down in Apiashyim, and seven people were killed in Kibori. A survivor of the attack on Apiashyim informed Nigerian media that security operatives were made aware of the attack while it was underway, but only arrived after it was over: "The security agencies are not here to protect us but to serve the interest of those attacking us."
The militia went on to attack the Atakmawei community at around 12am on 6 August, killing 12 people and burning down 10 homes. Subsequent simultaneous assaults on Apyiako and Magamiya villages claimed three and five lives respectively, and several houses were burned down in both locations.
Muslim Fulani herders regularly target and attack predominantly Christian farming communities in Nigeria's Middle Belt.