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12 Oct 2018 | 12:21 AM UTC

Nigeria: Attack by Boko Haram in Borno state October 10

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Boko Haram militants attack military base near Metele (Borno state) on October 10, killing at least seven soldiers; similar militant attacks possible in the near-term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/11/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/18/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria


At approximately 16:30 (local time) on Wednesday, October 10, Boko Haram militants attacked a military base in the village of Metele (Borno state). According to Nigerian security officials, Boko Haram fighters overran the base, killing at least seven soldiers and wounding 16 others, as well as seizing weapons and ammunition. Unconfirmed reports have claimed that as many as 18 people were killed in the attack. Similar Boko Haram attacks are possible in Borno state in the near-term.


The northeastern region of Nigeria (i.e. states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa) is highly susceptible to attacks by Islamist militants, including from Boko Haram and the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA). Though Nigerian military forces have pushed insurgents from much of their previously claimed territory, 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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