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09 Jan 2020 | 12:44 PM UTC

Nigeria: Attack leaves 12 dead in Kombun district (Plateau state) January 9

Armed assailants kill at least 12 in Kombun district (Plateau state) January 9; similar attacks possible over the near term

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Event

Armed assailants attacked the Kulben community in Kombun district (Plateau state) overnight (local time) between Wednesday, January 8, and Thursday, January 9, killing at least 12 people and wounding one other. Police responded to reports of the attack early on Thursday morning, and investigations into the incident are ongoing. Police believe the attackers to be herdsmen; no arrests have been made as of Thursday evening.

Similar attacks are likely in Plateau state over the near term.

Context

Ethnic and sectarian clashes are common in Nigeria. Central Nigeria and adjacent areas have become the scene of almost daily clashes between farmers and the largely nomadic herders in a battle for land and resources.

Advice

Individuals in Plateau state are advised to monitor the situation, remain vigilant, and adhere to all instruction issued by the local authorities.

The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.