At least 35 people have been killed following attacks by gunmen on several villages in central Nigeria’s plateau state.

Community leaders said many homes have also been torched in the violence on Sunday and yesterday in the Bassa area.

A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed in Bassa and more security forces have been deployed to restore order.

The villagers accuse herdsmen of carrying out the deadly attacks.

Thousands of people were killed in years of ethnic and religious conflict in plateau state but the region has enjoyed relative peace in the last two years.