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05 Oct 2019 | 06:12 PM UTC

Nigeria: Jihadist attacks in Borno state leave 16 dead October 5

Nigeria News Alert

Recent Jihadist attacks in Borno state leave at least 16 people dead as of October 5; similar attacks possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/5/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/8/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria

Event

Recent Jihadist attacks in Borno state have killed at least 16 people as of Saturday, October 5. On Thursday, October 3, Boko Haram and Islamic State-West Africa (ISWAP) militants killed 14 people in three separate attacks across Borno state, including 11 soldiers in an ambush on a military convoy in Benisheikh district. On Saturday, Boko Haram militants attacked a refugee camp in the town of Banki, killing two civilians and wounding three guards.

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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