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20 Nov 2018 | 07:15 PM UTC

Nigeria: Islamic State militants attack three military bases Nov. 17-18

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Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) fighters assault three Nigerian military bases in Borno state November 17-18; at least 44 soldiers killed

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/17/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/24/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria

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Militants from the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) group reportedly assaulted three Nigerian military bases in Borno state on Saturday, November 17, and Sunday, November 18. Security sources announced on Tuesday, November 20, that at least 44 soldiers were killed in the attacks. The first incident occurred in Mainok on November 17, with one soldier being killed and militants capturing a truck from a civilian militia. On November 18, at least 43 soldiers died during an assault on the base in Metele, near the border with Niger. According to media reports, the ISWA fighters temporarily captured the base after heavy fighting. Suspected ISWA militants also conducted a pre-dawn attack on a Nigerian military position in Gajiram on November 18. The group has claimed responsibility for both the Mainok and Metele operations. Further attacks by ISWA 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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