Nigerian military officials announced on Sunday, September 9, that the village of Gudumbali (Borno state) is secure following a Boko Haram attack. Initial reports indicated that the militants stormed the village and a military base on Friday, September 7, killing an unspecified number of soldiers and forcing residents to flee. However, the Nigerian army claims that the assault was successfully repulsed and there were no casualties. 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 the Islamic State in West Africa (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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