At least 26 people were killed on the evening (local time) of Monday, February 4, when unidentified armed men attacked six villages in the Mada area of Gusau local government area (Zamfara state), killing at least 15 people and leaving several more wounded. In a separate incident, suspected bandits attacked the village of Batauna in Bukkuyum local government area, killing at least 11 people. Additional attacks and clashes are possible in the coming days in Zamfara state.
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.