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Nigeria at the mercy of armed groups

· With nearly 100 people dead, Boko Haram is suspected of having kidnapped three religious in Cameroon ·

Two massacres occurred in recent hours in northern Nigeria, confirming the increasingly prevalent violence. Violence which is linked to differences among ethnic groups over control of water sources and pastures, as well as to terrorism. An attack occurred yesterday morning by the Muslim ethnic group Fulani, when a group of herdsmen killed 79 people in the village of Galadima, in the State of Zamfara which is inhabited by Christian farmers of the ethnic group Hausa. Around the same time in the northeastern State of Yobe, 17 villagers of Buna Gari were killed in a raid by militants of Boko Haram, the Islamic fundamentalist group responsible for more than four years of armed attacks and bombings, resulting in thousands of casualties, mostly civilians.

Boko Haram is among those suspected also for the kidnapping of two Italian priests and a Canadian nun in Cameroon on the night between Friday and Saturday. Don Giampaolo Marta and Don Gianantonio Allegri are from the Diocese of Vicenza and Sr Gilberte Bussier is a Sister of the Divine Will, a congregation from the Veneto region. The three religious were kidnapped in the Diocese of Maroua-Mokolo, located in the northern area of Cameroon located between Chad and Nigeria. The first fragmentary reports regarding Saturday's kidnapping of the three religious are, however, also thought to be the work of local rebel militias. 

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