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03 Jan 2020 | 08:32 AM UTC

Nigeria: Gunmen leave 19 dead in Kogi state January 3

At least 19 killed in unknown gunmen attack in Kogi state on January 3; similar attacks likely over the near term

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Event

According to police sources, at least 19 people were killed in an attack by gunmen in the Tawari community in Kogi State on Friday, January 3. Eye witnesses reported around 100 gunmen approaching the village on Thursday, January 2, at 23:45 (local time). The attack lasted until the early morning hours on Friday.

Further attacks are likely in Kogi state over the near term.

Context

Kogi state is located in the central region of Nigeria, where a number of militant groups, including Boko Haram, are active. Though Nigerian military forces have pushed insurgents from much of their previously claimed territory, attacks have been on the rise since June 2017.

Advice

Individuals in Kogi 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.