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26 Dec 2018 | 12:31 PM UTC

Nigeria: 13 dead in Boko Haram attack in Borno state December 24

Nigeria News Alert

At least 13 people killed in Boko Haram attack in Borno state on December 24

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/26/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/28/2018, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria

Event

On the late evening (local time) of Monday, December 24, Boko Haram militants ambushed a military patrol in the northeastern (Borno state). According to local sources, at least 13 people, including 12 soldiers and one police officer were killed in the incident. Further attacks by Boko Haram fighters are possible in Borno state in the near term.

Context

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.

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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