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29 Oct 2018 | 10:18 PM UTC

Nigeria: Militants attack base in Borno state Oct. 27 /update 1

Nigeria News Alert

Suspected Boko Haram fighters assault military base in Gashigar (Borno state) October 27; at least one soldier killed and four wounded

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/27/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/3/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria

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Event

Nigerian military officials announced on Sunday, October 28, that suspected Boko Haram fighters assaulted a military base in Gashigar (Borno state) during the previous night. The militants attacked the base from two directions using a number of trucks mounted with heavy machine guns. According to the Nigerian military, the attackers were successfully repelled by the soldiers who were supported by helicopter gunships. At least one soldier was killed and four others were wounded during the fighting. 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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