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28 Jul 2019 | 07:45 PM UTC

Nigeria: Boko Haram militants kill 65 people near Maiduguri (Borno state) July 27

Nigeria News Alert

Boko Haram militants kill 65 people in attack on funeral in Nganzai district (Borno state), near Maiduguri, July 27; similar attacks expected in Borno state over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/28/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/29/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Nganzai district (Borno state)

Event

Boko Haram militants reportedly killed 65 people in an attack on a funeral in Nganzai district (Borno state), near Maiduguri, on Saturday, July 27. A local anti-Boko Haram militia leader claimed that 23 people were killed in the initial assault as they returned from the funeral and another 42 were killed while chasing the Boko Haram assailants.

Similar attacks are to be expected in Borno 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 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. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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