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18 juin 2019 | 21h15 UTC

Nigeria: Suspected ISWAP militants kill 15 on base outside Gajiram (Borno state) June 17

Nigeria Alerte de sécurité

Suspected Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants kill at least 15 soldiers in attack on base outside Gajiram (Borno state) June 17; similar militant attacks expected in northeastern Nigeria over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 18/6/2019, 12h00 until 21/6/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Gajiram (Borno state)

Event

Suspected Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants killed at least 15 soldiers in an attack on a military base outside Gajiram (Borno state) late (local time) on Monday, June 17. The militants also reportedly stole vehicles and set the base on fire, causing significant material damages.

Similar Islamist militant attacks are to be expected in northeastern Nigeria over the coming weeks.

Context

The attack near Gajiram notably comes after three suspected Boko Haram militants carried out suicide bombing attacks in Konduga (Borno state) on June 16, killing at least 30 people.

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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