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10 Apr 2019 | 03:04 PM UTC

Nigeria: Boko Haram attack reported in Yobe state April 9

Nigeria News Alert

Boko Haram attack in Yobe state April 9 prompts evacuation of some 2000 people; similar attacks likely over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/17/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Damaturu (Yobe state)

Event

Boko Haram militants attacked the town of Maisandari, located on the outskirts of the Yobe state capital Damaturu, on Tuesday, April 9. Militants reportedly intended to infiltrate Damaturu before being repelled by security forces; at least eight assailants were killed in the clashes. Some 2000 people were evacuated from the area amid the fighting. Further attacks by Boko Haram militants are likely in Yobe state over 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 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 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. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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