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15 Sep 2018 | 05:53 PM UTC

Nigeria: At least 51 killed in intercommunal clashes in Adamawa Sep. 13

Nigeria News Alert

At least 51 people killed in intercommunal clashes in several villages of Adamawa state on September 13

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/15/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/22/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Adamawa state

Event

On the evening (local time) of Thursday, September 13, suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked several villages in Adamawa state, killing at least 51 people. According to local sources, the attackers targeted five villages in Numan Local Government Area, including Gon, Nzumosu, Bolki, Nyanga, and Bukuto. Additional clashes are possible between settled and nomadic communities in the affected area in the coming days. 

Context

Intercommunal clashes are common in Nigeria, especially between nomadic and settled communities. These kinds of clashes have been known to break out in the central Middle Belt region - e.g. in Plateau, Bauchi, Benue, Kaduna, and Nassawara states - as well as in the south, where casualties are regularly reported. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom reported that murder rates linked to ethnic violence are higher than those related to terrorism, also a major security concern in the country.

Advice

Generally speaking, the security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly concerning in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Some Western governments consequently advise against travel to certain areas of the northeast (e.g. states of Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi, and Jigawa as well as parts of Kano and Adamawa states) and the southern Niger Delta region (e.g. states of Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers). Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to these areas.

 

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