Witnesses say at least 120 people have been killed in apparent religious violence near the Nigerian city of Jos.Residents of three villages south of Jos say local herdsmen attacked around 3 a.m. local time Sunday.
They say the raiders fired shots to draw people out of their homes, then assaulted them with machetes and knives. Some homes were set on fire.
Reporters in one village, Dogo Nahawa, say they counted more than 100 corpses piled in the open air. Another 18 bodies were taken to a morgue in Jos. Most of those killed were women and children.
Villagers identified the attackers as Fulani herdsmen, most of whom are Muslim.
The attacked villages are Christian.
Some witnesses described the attack as a reprisal for an earlier incident. Jos has experienced four major bursts of Muslim-Christian fighting over the past decade, mostly recently in January, when at least 325 people were killed.