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28 mai 2020 | 05h16 UTC

Nigeria: Military airstrikes target bandits in Zamfara and Katsina states May 22-23 and May 26

Nigeria Alerte de sécurité

Military airstrikes kill 30 bandits in Doumborou (Zamfara state) on May 26, further airstrikes in Zamfara and Katsina states kill 200 on May 22-23; additional security operations and banditry possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 28/5/2020, 12h00 until 31/5/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Zamfara state, Katsina state

Event

Security forces conducted airstrikes in the Doumborou forest area of Zamfara state on Tuesday, May 26, killing at least 30 bandits. The Air Component of Operation Hadarin Daji received intelligence on the whereabouts of a logistics facility belonging to the bandits. This facility was subsequently targeted in an airstrike and according to reports a number of armed bandits attempted to flee the location, however, they were reportedly killed in follow-up air raid attacks.

Media sources also report that approximately 200 bandits were killed by security forces between Zamfara and Katsina states in multiple airstrikes which occurred on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23. The airstrikes targeted hideouts for the bandits and included the Ibrahim Mai'Bai's camp in Jibia Local Government Area (Katsina state) and Kurmin Kura in Zurmi Local Government Area (Zamfara state).

Further security operations and armed banditry are possible in Zamfara and Katsina states in the near term.

Context

In recent years, Zamfara state has faced problems with armed groups stealing cattle, kidnapping for ransom, and attacking communities, causing some locals in the state to form vigilante gangs. There has also been an increase in informal mining in the mineral-rich region, attracting outsiders and further fueling instability.

Katsina state has experienced a string of violent attacks in recent months, leading to hundreds of deaths, despite efforts to quell the violence.

Advice

Individuals in Zamfara and Katsina states are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, 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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