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15 Jan 2019 | 09:30 AM UTC

Nigeria: Clashes leave 26 dead in Sokoto state January 13

Clashes leave at least 26 people dead in Rabah local government area (Sokoto state) on January 13

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Event

Violent clashes broke out in Rabah local government area (Sokoto state) on Sunday, January 13. According to local sources, gunmen attacked several villages in Rabah, killing at least 26 people and leaving several more wounded. Security forces have been deployed to the area. Further clashes are possible in Sokoto state in the coming days.

Context

Ethnic and sectarian clashes are common in Nigeria. Central Nigeria and adjacent areas have become the scene of almost daily clashes between farmers and the largely nomadic herders in a battle for land and resources. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom recently reported that murder rates linked to ethnic violence in Nigeria are higher than those related to terrorism - also a major security concern in the country.

Advice

Individuals in Sokoto state are advised to monitor the situation, remain vigilant, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

In general, the security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly challenging in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to such areas.

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