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01 juin 2020 | 01h30 UTC

Nigeria: Suspected bandits kill at least 18 in Katsina state May 31

Nigeria Alerte de sécurité

Suspected bandit attacks on villages in the Faskari and Batsari local government areas (Katsina state) leave at least 18 people dead on May 31; security operations likely in near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/6/2020, 12h00 until 5/6/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Katsina state

Event

Suspected armed bandits killed at least 18 people on Sunday, May 31, in villages in the Faskari local government area (Katsina state) and reportedly stole thousands of livestock. Local reports state that the local leader of the village of Sabon Garin in the Batsari local government area was also killed when the group attempted to kidnap him. The group, reportedly to have numbered more than 500, was said to have moved towards other villages in the Batsari local government area following the killing of the Sabon Garin village leader.

Security operations are likely in the area in the near term.

Context

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.

Advice

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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