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07 Aug 2020 | 08:57 AM UTC

Nigeria: Suspected herdsmen attack communities in Kaduna State August 5-6

Nigeria News Alert

Suspected herdsmen kill at least 19 during attacks in Zangon Kataf LGA (Kaduna State) on August 5-6; further attacks and a heightened security presence in the area are likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/7/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/9/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Zangon Kataf Local Government Area, Kaduna state

Event

At least 19 people were killed as suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked several communities in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State on Wednesday, August 5, and Thursday, August 6. The attacks reportedly took place in the Apuiashyim, Atak'mawei, Kibori, Kurmin-Masara, and Magamiya villages in Zangon Kataf LGA. According to media sources, the attacks took place despite a 24-hour curfew imposed in Kaduna state by local authorities. At approximately 23:00 (local time) on Wednesday, the armed herdsmen began storming villages and shooting sporadically at houses in the area. Several houses were also burned down by the assailants. Many others were wounded in the spate of attacks. Additional security personnel have been deployed to the area. Further details of the attacks, including the cause, were not yet verified.

Further attacks and counter security operations are possible in the region over the near term.

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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