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19 Apr 2020 | 07:56 PM UTC

Nigeria: Armed gunmen kill 47 villagers in Katsina state April 18

Armed gunmen kill 47 in attacks on multiple villages in Katsina state April 18; heightened security presence and similar attacks in the area likely over coming weeks



Armed gunmen killed 47 people in attacks on multiple villages in Katsina state early on Saturday, April 18. Reports from local police state that up to 300 individuals were believed to have been involved in the attacks. The perpetrators are believed to have fled into a nearby forest following the early morning raids. Multiple detachments from the Nigerian Army, Air Force, Civil Defence and Department of State Services have been dispatched to the area to search for those believed to be involved in the attacks.

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


Individuals in Katsina 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.