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Nigeria: US warns of threat of kidnapping in Borno

The US Embassy in Abuja warns of kidnapping threats against US and European citizens in Borno state

18 Mar 03:01 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 3/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/31/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria

Event

The US Embassy in Abuja issued a security alert on Wednesday, March 13, warning of a heightened kidnapping threat of US and European citizens in Borno state. According to the alert, a terrorist group operating in Borno has plans to conduct kidnapping operations against Westerners.

Context

Northeast Nigeria is home to several terrorist and militant organizations and terrorist attacks, including bombings, complex attacks, raids, and kidnappings, are common. Borno, along with Yobe and northern Adamawa states, are under a "do not travel" warning, the highest travel advisory for the US government.

Advice

Individuals in Nigeria, particularly the northeast, are advised to remain vigilant for criminal and militant behavior, vary daily schedules and itineraries, and refrain from sharing personal information with unknown persons to limit the risk of being targeted by potential kidnappers. If attacked, remain calm, do not offer any resistance, and adopt a cooperative attitude. Do everything in your power to keep the situation as calm as possible (accept offered food, engage in conversation initiated by your captors, avoid all political or potentially inflammatory topics, etc.)

 

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