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22 juin 2019 | 21h30 UTC

Nigeria: Troops kill 42 ISWAP militants near Lake Chad June 21

Nigeria Alerte de sécurité

Troops kill 42 Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants near Lake Chad June 21; similar security operations possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 22/6/2019, 12h00 until 29/6/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria

Event

A Multinational Joint Task Force-led operation killed some 42 Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants near Lake Chad on Friday, June 21, marking the heaviest losses inflicted on ISWAP by military forces in months. At least one Nigerian soldier was also killed in the operation and ten others were wounded.

Similar security operations targeting Islamist militants are to be expected in northeastern Nigeria over the near term.

Context

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 the Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP). 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.

Advice

Individuals in Nigeria, especially in the Lake Chad area, are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, limit time in areas deemed particularly likely to be targeted in a terrorist attack (e.g. crowded markets, etc.), and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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