Nigerian officials confirmed on Thursday, March 14, the death of a Lebanese national held hostage by Boko Haram since Tuesday, March 12. Further such attacks and kidnappings targeting foreign nationals are possible in the region over the near term.
Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a construction site and kidnapped a Lebanese national in Kano (Kano state) Tuesday morning (local time), March 12. According to local reports, one person was killed and another was wounded in the attack.
The security environment in Nigeria is complex and is particularly concerning in the northeast and extreme south of the country due to the presence of armed groups, high crime rates, and the risk of kidnapping. Some Western governments consequently advise against travel to certain areas of the northeast (e.g. states of Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi, and Jigawa as well as parts of Kano and Adamawa states) and the southern Niger Delta region (e.g. states of Delta, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, and Rivers). Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel to these areas.
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