A clash between cattle herders and farmers in Niger on Tuesday killed 18 people, while twenty others were wounded. The clashes broke out near the village of Bangui after livestock belonging to ethnic Fulani herders damaged the field of a farmer.
"The nomadic herders fought with a farmer, whom they wounded. He was taken to the medical centre and everything started from there," said Oumarou Mohamane, Bangui's mayor.
A group of farmers then attacked the Fulani camp in reprisal and burned about 15 houses.
"It required the intervention of the police to stop the villagers," the mayor told Reuters.