Nigerian officials announced that at least two people were killed in Kaduna state on Sunday, November 15, following a firefight between security forces and would-be kidnappers. Troops taking part in Operation Thunder Strike responded to a distress call reporting an attack on a roadblock on the Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis of the Kaduna-Abuja highway. Upon arrival, they found an ongoing kidnapping attempt on a passenger bus and engaged the armed kidnappers. The driver of the bus and a passenger were reportedly killed by the gunmen during the firefight. The other passengers were freed.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of the incident over the near term. Further attacks by criminal groups are likely across Kaduna state over the near term.
Those in Kaduna state are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for criminal activity and security operations, 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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