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30 Jul 2019 | 02:59 AM UTC

Nigeria: Soldiers repel militant attack in Borno July 29

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Nigerian Army kills ten Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters in Bama (Borno state) on July 29; further militant attacks likely in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/29/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/5/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria

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Event

Suspected Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants assaulted a Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) position in Borno state on Monday, July 29. According to military officials, the attack started around 05:30 (local time) in the Bama local government area. At least ten militants were reportedly killed in the fighting before the remaining fighters withdrew. Further ISWAP and Boko Haram attacks in Borno state are likely in 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 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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