On Saturday, June 20, gunmen attacked the village of Ruwan-Tofa in Dansadau district (Zamfara State), killing several individuals and injuring more than a dozen. Local sources report that 23 villagers were killed, while the Nigerian police and military claimed that there were 10 or 14 fatalities, respectively. The Nigerian military allegedly had prior knowledge of the attack but did not intervene until after the gunmen had left. Further attacks and a heightened security presence are to be expected in the area in the near to medium-term.
In recent years, Zamfara State has faced problems with armed groups stealing cattle, kidnapping for ransom, and attacking communities, causing some locals in the state to form vigilante gangs. There has also been an increase in informal mining in the mineral-rich region, attracting outsiders and further fueling instability.
Individuals in Zamfara State are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, 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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