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25 Oct 2020 | 01:03 AM UTC

Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants kill multiple soldiers in Borno state October 24

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Suspected Boko Haram militants kill multiple soldiers in Borno state October 24; further attacks possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/28/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria

Event

Suspected Boko Haram militants launched an attack on an army counterterrorism team operating along a road between Gubio and Magumeri (Borno state) on Saturday, October 24. The team was on a patrol to clear militants from the area when they came under attack which killed seven soldiers, with others still missing. Local reports state that a military vehicle, weapons, and ammunition were stolen during the attack. 

Similar attacks are possible in Borno state 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 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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