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18 Sep 2020 | 08:51 AM UTC

Nigeria: Gunmen target police headquarters in Gidan Madi (Sokoto state) on September 17

Nigeria News Alert

Gunmen kill two police officers in attack on headquarters in Gidan Madi (Sokoto state) on September 17; further attacks likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/18/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/20/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Sokoto state, Gidan Madi


Gunmen reportedly attacked a police headquarters in Gidan Madi, in the Tangaza Local Government Area (LGA) of Sokoto state on Thursday, September 17. At least two police officers were killed, including a Divisional Police Officer (DPO), and another injured. Reports state that at least 100 gunmen stormed the base while wearing army uniforms. Two women were reportedly abducted during the attack, with local media alleging that they are the wives of prominent local businessmen.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of the incident. Further attacks in Sokoto state are possible in the medium term.  


Those in Sokoto state are advised to monitor developments 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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