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27 Jan 2020 | 07:52 PM UTC

Nigeria: Gunmen attack village in Plateau state January 26

Unidentified gunmen kill 13 people during an attack on Kwatas (Plateau state) on January 26; increase in security operations expected

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Event

A group of unidentified gunmen assaulted the village of Kwatas (Bokkos local government area) in Plateau state on Sunday, January 26. At least 13 people were killed and another five wounded in the attack. According to initial reports, the incident may be in connection to recent cattle theft in the region and in retaliation for villagers from Kwatas assisting in the arrest of several herdsmen. Additional security forces have deployed into the region to find the gunmen and maintain security. An investigation into the attack is ongoing as of Monday, January 27.

Similar attacks are possible in the region over the near term.

Advice

Individuals in Plateau 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.