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18 Dec 2018 | 02:53 PM UTC

Nigeria: At least 15 killed in intercommunal clashes in Kaduna Dec. 16-17

Nigeria News Alert

At least 15 killed in intercommunal clashes in Jema’a (Kaduna state) overnight on December 16-17

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/18/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/25/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Kaduna

Event

Overnight on December 16-17 (local time), suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked a village near Gwandara in Jema'a local government area (Kaduna state), killing at least 15 people and wounding 24 others. Additional clashes between settled and nomadic communities are possible in Kaduna state 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 has reported that murder rates linked to ethnic violence are higher in Nigeria 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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