Armed bandits reportedly attacked the Shau and Ruwan-Gaudiya villages in Faskari Local Government Area (Katsina state) on Sunday, October 11, killing at least eight villagers. Numerous people were also reported missing and are believed to have been kidnapped. Local residents said that security forces were deployed to the area following the attack.
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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