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02 Apr 2020 | 09:48 PM UTC

Nigeria: Armed bandits kill 22 villlagers in Sokoto state April 1

Armed bandits kill 22 in attack on village in Sokoto state April 1; heightened security presence and similar attacks in the area likely over coming weeks



Armed bandits killed 22 people in an attack on Gangara village in Sokoto state on Wednesday, April 1. The gunmen raided the village and reportedly began shooting sporadically. Security forces received reports of the attack and deployed to the village. A gunfight broke out between the bandits and security forces upon their arrival, leaving one attacker dead and wounding some of those who fled to the nearby forest. A heightened security presence is likely in the immediate term.

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


Individuals in Sokoto 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.