Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) militants reportedly executed a medical worker after a deadline imposed by the group expired on Monday, October 15. The IS-affiliated group originally kidnapped three medical workers in Rann (Borno state) in September, and subsequently released a video threatening to kill the hostages if its demands were not met; one of the workers was killed in September. The group has vowed to keep the third remaining hostage in indefinite custody. Further kidnappings and executions are possible in northeastern Nigeria in the near-term.
The northeastern region of Nigeria (i.e. states of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa) is highly susceptible to attacks by Islamist militants, including from Boko Haram and ISWA. Though Nigerian military forces have pushed insurgents from much of their previously claimed territory, attacks by Islamist militants have been on the rise since June 2017. Boko Haram is considered the largest Islamist militant group in Africa, with an estimated 3500 members.
Individuals in northeastern Nigeria 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. Although travel is permissible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off-limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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