17 killed in clashes between Ivory Coast farmers, herders
26 March 2016, 16:35
Abidjan - Seventeen people have died in clashes between
arable farmers and nomadic herdsmen in Ivory Coast's northeastern town of
Bouna, the government announced on Friday warning that the toll could rise.
"During the night of 23-24 March, the situation became
very aggravated and at this stage we have 17 people dead," defence
ministry official Vincent Toh Bi said on state television.
A further 39 people were injured in the fighting, including
five members of the security forces who intervened, he added.
Around 900 defence and security personnel were deployed in the
town to restore order.
"This is a provisional toll. This is a crisis. We'll
have to wait several more hours, or even several days, to have a definitive
toll," said Toh Bi.
Violent disputes between nomadic herders and farmers, often
over grazing and watering rights, are not uncommon, but such a high death toll
The farmers complain that their fields are ruined by the
passage of herds of cattle.