14 killed in Nigeria’s Taraba‏ Taraba is a flashpoint of ethnic rivalries, particularly between local farmers and herdsmen

LAGOS (AA) – At least 14 people have been killed in renewed violence in Nigeria’s northeastern Taraba State, according to authorities.

“A total of 14 persons, including two soldiers, died in the clashes in Ibi town, headquarters of Ibi local government area on Thursday morning,” police spokesman Joseph Kwaji told reporters late Friday.

He added that 14 houses were burnt and several suspects arrested in connection with the crime

“Two AK 47 rifles and several other dangerous weapons were recovered from them,” Kwaji said.

He added that normalcy has now returned to the community following heavy presence of security operatives.

Taraba is a flashpoint of ethnic rivalries, particularly between local farmers and herdsmen.

There are claims that Boko Haram militants have also made inroads into the state which shares borders with the restive Borno and Adamawa states.

Northeastern Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states have been under emergency rule since May of last year.

Tens of thousands have died since Boko Haram launched its violent campaign in 2009 following the extrajudicial murder of its leader Mohammed Yusuf in police custody.

The group has also been blamed the destruction of public infrastructure, private businesses and displacement of at least six million Nigerians.

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