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07 Nov 2018 | 01:13 PM UTC

Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks in Lake Chad region November 5

Nigeria News Alert

At least 16 soldiers missing following Boko Haram attacks in the town of Kukawa (Lake chad region) on November 5

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/7/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/10/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Lake Chad region

Event

At least 16 soldiers are missing as of Wednesday, November 7, following Boko Haram attacks targeting a market, hospital, and military camp in the town of Kukawa (Lake Chad region) on November 5. At least one civilian was also reportedly killed. Extra security personnel have been deployed to the area to search for the missing soldiers. 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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