On Monday, July 6, bandits raided several villages in Zamfara State, with multiple properties in three villages reportedly being set alight. In the village of Danfasa (Maru Local Government Area), gunmen killed seven men and abducted 20 women, as well as stealing cattle and food from the villagers. A further 13 people were injured in the attack, and several are missing after having fled into the bush. Kamarawa village was also attacked, with livestock stolen.
Further bandit attacks and associated communal violence incidents are to be expected in Zamfara State in the near to medium-term.
In recent years, Zamfara State has faced problems with armed groups stealing cattle, kidnapping for ransom, and attacking villages, causing some communities 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.
Those in Zamfara State are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant, 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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