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26 Feb 2019 | 09:34 PM UTC

Nigeria: Gunmen kill 29 people in Kaduna state attacks February 26 /update 2

Nigeria News Alert

Suspected herdsmen kill 29 people in Kajuru and Kachia local government areas in Kaduna state February 26; similar attacks possible over the coming days and weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/26/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/5/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Kajuru (Kaduna state), Kachia (Kaduna state)

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Event

Unidentified gunmen, suspected by some local sources to be herdsmen, attacked Maro village in Kajuru local government area and Kachia in Kachia local government area (Kaduna state) on Tuesday, February 26. At least 29 people were killed in the attacks, in which the gunmen also destroyed houses. Though security forces are reportedly working to augment security in the areas, similar attacks are possible in Kaduna state over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The attacks come after more than 130 people were killed in intercommunal clashes in Kajuru local government area (Kaduna state) on February 15. Authorities subsequently deployed security forces in and around the affected areas and made initial arrests. Most of those killed were ethnic Fulani individuals; members of Fulani communities regularly clash with ethnic Adara communities, composed primarily of Christians. According to local residents, the February 15 attack was carried out in revenge for intercommunal violence in October 2018.

Intercommunal clashes are common in Nigeria, especially between nomadic and settled communities. Such 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 of the country; 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

Individuals in Kaduna state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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