Islamist militants killed "many" people in Gudumbali (Borno state) in an attack launched on the night (local time) of Friday, September 7, according to local sources. The precise number of people killed in the attack was not immediately confirmed but thousands reportedly fled their homes. Unconfirmed local reports claimed that Boko Haram militants carried out the attack; however, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), a Boko Haram offshoot, maintains greater influence in the area and may be responsible for the assault. Additional Islamist militant attacks are to be expected in northeastern Nigeria, including in Borno state, in the near-term.
The northeastern region of Nigeria (i.e. states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa) is highly susceptible to attacks by Islamist militants, including from Boko Haram and ISWA. While Nigerian military forces have pushed insurgents from much of their previously claimed territory over the past year, attacks by Islamist militants have been on the rise since June 2017.
Individuals in Borno 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. 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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