On Wednesday, November 14, security officials indicated suspected Boko Haram fighters attacked the villages of Kazaa and Daraa (located near Monguno, Borno state), killing at least 15 people. In a separate attack near the village of Gremari, suspected Boko Haram fighters shot and killed a farmer. According to local sources, 35 residents of the villages of Kazaa and Daraa remain unaccounted for as of November 14. A heightened security presence is to be anticipated in the area in the coming days. Further attacks by Boko Haram fighters 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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