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07 Aug 2019 | 06:26 PM UTC

Nigeria: Twin suicide bombings in Mafa (Borno state) leave three dead August 6

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Twin suicide bombings in Mafa (Borno state) leave three dead August 6; similar attacks expected in Borno state over the near term

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

Event

Two suspected Boko Haram female suicide bombers detonated their explosive devices in the town of Mafa (Borno state) at 20:30 (local time) Tuesday, August 6. Officials report that the blasts killed three people and wounded at least eight others.

A heightened security presence is expected in the area; 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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