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20 Aug 2018 | 09:36 AM UTC

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks village in Borno (northeast) August 18

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Boko Haram attacks village of Mailari (Borno state) August 18; numerous casualties

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/20/2018, 12:00 AM until 8/20/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria


Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked and pillaged the village of Mailari, located in the northeastern state of Borno, on the night of Saturday, August 18 (local time). The militants reportedly used rocket-propelled grenades and firearms in the attack. Between six and 19 people were killed in the two-hour-long incident, according to differing sources. 


The northeastern region of Nigeria is highly susceptible to attacks by Boko Haram. While Nigerian military forces have pushed insurgents from much of their previously claimed territory over the past year, attacks by the group have been on the rise since June 2017.


The security environment in Nigeria remains complex. Although travel is permissible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.


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