Inter-communal clashes killed at least three people in the Awka North local government area (Anambra state) on Friday, May 29. The violence reportedly involved rival communities from the Urum and Achalla areas of the state who were fighting over disputed land. Another 15 people sustained injuries in the clashes.
Further violence is likely in the area over the near term.
Ethnic and sectarian clashes are common in Nigeria. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has reported that murder rates linked to ethnic violence in Nigeria are higher than those related to terrorism - also a major security concern in the country.
Individuals in Anambra state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and home governments.
In general, the security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly challenging in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.
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