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22 Oct 2018 | 08:31 PM UTC

Nigeria: At least 14 killed in Boko Haram attacks in Borno state Oct. 20-21

Nigeria News Alert

At least 14 people killed in attacks by Boko Haram militants in Borno state on October 20-21; similar militant attacks possible in the near-term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/22/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/29/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria

Event

On Sunday, October 21, Nigerian military officials announced that Boko Haram militants had attacked several villages in Borno state, killing at least 14 people and wounding multiple others. On Saturday, October 20, Boko Haram fighters reportedly attacked the village of Kalle, killing 12 farmers and wounding three more. At approximately 22:00 (local time) on Sunday, Boko Haram fighters attacked and burned the villages of Dala-Melari, Fuguri, and Femari (Jere local government area), killing at least two people and wounding several others. Similar Boko Haram attacks are possible in Borno state 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 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.

Advice

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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