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Nigeria Land Conflict Kills More Than Insurgency, ICG Says

  • Crisis has claimed more lives this year than Islamist revolt
  • At least 300,000 people have fled their homes since January

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A conflict between farming and herding communities in central Nigeria claimed six times more lives this year than a deadly Islamist insurgency in the northeast and is now the nation’s biggest security threat, the International Crisis Group said.

About 1,300 people died in the clashes in the first six months of the year, compared to an estimated 200 deaths related to Boko Haram, Nnamdi Obasi, a senior analyst with the Brussels-based organization, said by phone. The farmer-herder conflict “is clearly the foremost challenge to Nigerian security and stability,” he said.