Suspected Boko Haram militants conducted two attacks in Borno state on Friday, July 10, killing approximately 35 security personnel and wounding multiple others. According to local sources, militants stormed the Lake Chad town of Baga and engaged in fighting with the security forces which resulted in at least 20 soldiers killed. A second attack reportedly occurred in Gada Blu near Gamboru, where militants reportedly opened fire on a military convoy killing a further 15 security personnel. The number of casualties remains unverified.
Similar attacks have been reported in recent days in Borno state and further attacks and security operations are likely in the region in the near term.
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.
Those in Borno state are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant, 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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