Unidentified gunmen, suspected by some local sources to be Fulani herdsmen, attacked Anguwan Aku village in Kajuru local government area (Kaduna state) at 19:00 (local time) on Monday, April 8. At least 20 people were killed in the assault. It is widely suspected that the gunmen were carrying out a reprisal attack in response to earlier intercommunal clashes. Similar attacks are likely in Kaduna state over the coming days and weeks.
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 Nasawara states) as well as in the south of the country; casualties are regularly reported. Members of Fulani communities regularly clash with ethnic Adara communities. 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.
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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