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16 Sep 2019 | 05:41 PM UTC

Nigeria: Boko Haram attack reported in Borno state September 15

Nigeria News Alert

Boko Haram militants stage attack outside the University of Maiduguri (Borno state) September 15; further attacks possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/16/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/17/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria

Event

Boko Haram militants launched an attack outside the University of Maiduguri (Borno state) on the evening (local time) of Sunday, September 15. Militants reportedly intended to infiltrate the university before being repelled by security forces in a gun battle that lasted nearly two hours. One assailant was killed after detonating a suicide vest.

Further attacks are possible 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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