Unidentified gunmen reportedly attacked the communities of Mararaban Rido and Juji in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state in the early hours of Friday, August 28, killing at least two people and abducting four others. In their first attack in Juji, the gunmen failed in their attempts to kidnap residents but killed at least two civilians. In the second attack, unidentified gunmen invaded the community of Maraban Rido and abducted four residents including a police officer, an operative of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, a security guard, and a teenage resident.
Further attacks are possible over the near term.
Kidnappings are common in Nigeria. Both Nigerians and foreign nationals have been targeted by kidnappers.
Those in Kaduna state are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
The security situation in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel. Individuals in Nigeria are advised to remain vigilant, vary daily schedules and itineraries, and refrain from sharing personal information with unknown persons to limit the risk of being targeted by potential kidnappers. If attacked, remain calm, do not offer resistance, and adopt a cooperative attitude. Do everything in your power to keep the situation as calm as possible (e.g. accepted offered food, engage in conversation initiated by your captors, avoid all political or potentially inflammatory topics, etc.).
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