Bandits reportedly ambushed a local vigilante group in Dukku village in Rijau Local Government Area (Niger state) on the evening of Wednesday, September 2, killing at least 17 people. Over 120 gunmen on motorbikes raided the village following the ambush. Local media sources report that three of the bandits were killed in the clash. Nigerian officials have confirmed the attack and have notified residents that additional security forces will be deployed to the region to ensure their protection.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in Niger state over the near term. Continued bandit attacks in the region are likely.
Individuals in Niger 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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