Boko Haram militants reportedly slit the throats to four villagers and kidnapped two others near the town of Maiduguri (capital of Borno state) on Monday, January 28, before fleeing to the nearby Sambisa forest. Similar militant attacks are possible in Borno state over the coming weeks.
In the meantinme, thousands of people are reportedly fleeing the town of Rann (Borno state) as of January 29 following the withdrawal of Cameroonian troops from the area on January 27, and the fear of further attacks.
Military forces recaptured Rann from Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants on January 15, after the militants reportedly attacked and overran the area.
Farmers, fishermen, or loggers, are often targeted by militants who accuse them of collusion with the Nigerian army.
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.
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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