On Tuesday, November 13, Nigerian military officials announced that security forces foiled a suicide attack in Maiduguri (Borno state). According to local sources, the Nigerian Army arrested a female suicide bomber in Gonikalachari who was reportedly planning to detonate an explosive vest in Maiduguri. Additional attacks by Islamist militants, including from Boko Haram, as well as further anti-terror operations by Nigerian security forces, are possible in Borno state in the near term.
The northeastern region of Nigeria (i.e. the 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 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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