Gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen stormed a meeting in Zamfara State and killed 30 people, the state Police Command said Sunday.
â€œThirty people were killed and several others injured,â€ Zamfara State police spokesman Lawal Abdullahi told AFP.
â€œThe incident happened in Galadima Sunday (Saturday) during a meeting of community leaders and representatives of vigilante groupsâ€, who were discussing ways to thwart armed robbers and cattle rustlers, he said.
He said security forces had been deployed to the area. But survivors said more than 60 people might have died in the attack.
â€œWe counted 61 bodies from the scene of the attack last night, while many people were wounded,â€ a survivor who gave his name only as Babaginda, from neighbouring Kaduna State told AFP.
He said he was lucky to escape with his life and implored the security forces to stem incessant attacks by Fulani rustlers on villages in the area.
The conflict between Fulani herdsmen and local farmers over land rights, particularly in central Nigeria, has persisted for more than a decade despite a series of peace efforts across several states.
In another incident, members of terrorist sect, Boko Haram, laid siege on the Maiduguri-Biu highway in Borno State on Saturday, killing seven persons during the onslaught.
The outlawed sectâ€™s siege on the road, forced many motorists to avoid the highway and other major highways leading to the Borno State capital.
It was gathered that after the sect killed the unsuspecting travellers, they also stormed Gwargube, an adjoining village on the road, where they were alleged to have summoned the villagers and demanded that they cooperate or get killed.
A youth vigilante in the area, who did not want his name in print, said the attackers were well armed.
He said: â€œThey stopped the vehicles and killed seven of the occupants. Many others were injured and taken to a hospital in Maiduguri.
â€œIn Gwargube, they vowed to kill the villagers and burn their property if they cooperated with security operatives. They did not kill anyone there,â€ he said.
The Maiduguri-Biu Road has recorded several attacks in the last three years, during which scores have been killed.