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16 Apr 2020 | 01:52 AM UTC

Nigeria: Fatal bandit attack in Niger state on April 14-15

Bandits carry out attacks in Shiroro and Rafi local government areas (Niger state) on April 14-15, killing at least six people; further attacks possible in the near term

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Event

Bandits launched attacks in Niger state on Tuesday, 14 April, through to Wednesday, 15 April, killing at least six people. The attacks occurred in Manta in Shiroro local government area (LGA) where five people were killed and five others were wounded, while in Madaka in Rafi LGA, one person was killed with multiple other people wounded. At least 600 people were displaced due to the attacks. Bandits reportedly entered the locations and began shooting sporadically.

Similar attacks are possible in Niger state in the near term.

Context

Nigeria's Middle Belt has historically been susceptible to intermittent outbreaks of violence fueled by disputes over scarce resources and ethno-sectarian tensions. The desertification of the north and southwards movement of herders in search of pastures for their cattle has increasingly put them in direct conflict with farmers in the largely agricultural region. Mediation initiatives and increased security efforts have had little success in stopping the cycle of attacks and reprisals. Thousands of people have died in the violence, with Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states particularly impacted by the recurring violence.

Advice

Individuals in Niger state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, 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.