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01 Feb 2019 | 07:30 PM UTC

Nigeria: Boko Haram militants kill 60 in Rann January 28

Nigeria News Alert

International human rights group reports that Boko Haram militants killed at least 60 people during an attack on Rann (Borno state) on January 28

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/28/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/8/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Rann (Borno state)

Event

Boko Haram militants reportedly killed at least 60 people during an attack on the town of Rann in Borno state on Monday, January 28. According to a report released by Amnesty International on Friday, February 1, satellite images of the town show hundreds of burned structures following the assault, which was reportedly one of the deadliest attacks by the group in recent years. Suspected Boko Haram fighters had previously assaulted the town on January 14. Similar militant 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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