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21 Jan 2019 | 04:55 PM UTC

Nigeria: Four killed in Boko Haram attack in Yobe state January 19-20

Nigeria News Alert

At least four soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack in Yobe state January 19-20

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/23/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Yobe state

Event

Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a military base in the town of Buni-Yadi in the Gujba local government area of the Yobe state on Sunday, January 20, killing at least four soldiers. The attack was eventually repelled by local armed forces. Further attacks by Boko Haram militants are possible in Yobe 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 Yobe 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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