Witnesses: 32 killed, many injured, in clashes sparked by cattle rustling in central Nigeria

Community leaders say 32 people died Thursday and many were injured in tribal clashes sparked by cattle rustling in Nigeria's volatile central Plateau state.

Langtang South committee chairman Nanman Garko said men believed to be Fulani herdsmen attacked Tarok farmers in reprisal for cattle thefts in the area some 200 kilometers (125 miles) from state capital Jos.

Community leader Salihu Jauro denied the attackers were Fulani though his people are angry about the theft of 300 cows by suspected Taroks.

The Fulani are Muslim and the Taroks Christian but violence here is a complex mix of religion, tribe, politics and land rights. Thousands have been killed since 1999.

Military spokesman Mustapha Salisu said five people died in similar violence last week in Wase district, 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Jos.