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29 Oct 2020 | 05:11 AM UTC

Nigeria: Gunmen kidnap 17 from mosque in Nasarawa state on October 27

Unidentified gunmen kidnap 17 worshipers from mosque in Gadabuke LGA (Nasarawa state) on October 27; further attacks possible in the near term



A group of unidentified gunmen kidnapped worshipers from a mosque in the Gadabuke local government area (LGA) of Nasarawa state on the evening of Tuesday, October 27. According to local reports, the gunmen took multiple positions outside the mosque and began to fire indiscriminately until the worshipers left the mosque, where they were then taken to an unknown location. Local authorities have begun dialog with the kidnappers who are demanding ransoms for the return of those kidnapped. 

A heightened security presence is likely in the Gadabuke LGA as security forces carry out a search for the missing.


Individuals in Nasarawa state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, 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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