Scores of bandits attacked two communities in the Dan Musa Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina state on Thursday, June 25, which resulted in at least six people killed and five others injured. According to media sources, a group of approximately 60 assailants stormed the Kanakulere and Kanawa villages at around 02:00 (local time) on Thursday morning and began shooting sporadically. Security forces from nearby Maidabina village responded to the attacks in efforts to repel the bandits; one police officer was among the fatalities reported. The assailants reportedly rustled animals and stole food items in the ambushes before fleeing the area.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the area in the near term.
Bandit attacks have become an increasing threat in northwest Nigeria in recent years amid rising communal tensions, with Katsina state having seen repeated outbreaks of such violence. High-profile security operations have previously had little success in reducing violence in the northwest.
Those in Katsina state are advised to monitor developments to the situation and adhere to all directives and advice 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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