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15 Jan 2019 | 09:58 PM UTC

Nigeria: Military recaptures Rann (Borno state) from ISWAP militants Jan. 15

Nigeria News Alert

Military recaptures Rann (Borno state) from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants January 15 after militants briefly take control of area January 14

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/15/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/17/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Rann (Borno state)

Event

Nigerian military forces recaptured Rann (Borno state) from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants on Tuesday, January 15, after the militants reportedly attacked and overran the area on the afternoon (local time) on Monday, January 14. Seven people were reportedly killed in the initial ISWAP assault, according to local sources, with the militants setting buildings ablaze and forcing residents to flee. Similar ISWAP attacks are possible in Borno state over the coming weeks.

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 Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). 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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