Military and police forces engaged in clashes with armed bandits in Kaduna state along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Friday, September 4. The bandits were reportedly opening fire on passing motorists along the route. Multiple personnel and motorists were injured during the incident. Ground and air personnel have been deployed to search for the group in the adjoining forest. Kaduna Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai has pledged to provide additional security on the route between the two cities.
Similar attacks and security operations are possible in Kaduna state in the near term.
Individuals in Kaduna state and Federal Capital Territory are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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