News Alerts

16 Oct 2018 | 12:59 AM UTC

Nigeria: ISWA militants execute second hostage October 15

Nigeria News Alert

Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) militants reportedly execute kidnapped medical worker on October 15; further kidnappings and executions possible in northeastern Nigeria in the near-term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/15/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/22/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Rann (Borno state)

Event

Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) militants reportedly executed a medical worker after a deadline imposed by the group expired on Monday, October 15. The IS-affiliated group originally kidnapped three medical workers in Rann (Borno state) in September, and subsequently released a video threatening to kill the hostages if its demands were not met; one of the workers was killed in September. The group has vowed to keep the third remaining hostage in indefinite custody. Further kidnappings and executions are possible in northeastern Nigeria in the near-term.

Context

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 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. Boko Haram is considered the largest Islamist militant group in Africa, with an estimated 3500 members.

Advice

Individuals in northeastern Nigeria 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.

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news