Armed bandits reportedly ambushed Nigerian soldiers in the Jibia local government area of Katsina state on Saturday, July 18, killing at least 23 soldiers. According to local media reports, the soldiers were out on a foot patrol when they came under fire by the bandits. Security forces are continuing search operations to locate the assailants.
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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