The humanitarian group Action Against Hunger (ACF) reported that suspected Islamic State-linked jihadists killed an ACF aid worker on Wednesday, September 25. This worker was one of six ACF workers who were reportedly kidnapped by jihadist militants in Borno state in July. On September 18, the Nigerian Army closed ACF offices in Borno and Yobe states amid accusations that the NGO was "aiding and abetting terrorists." Mercy Corps, another NGO that operates in northeastern Nigeria, has also suspended its operations as of Wednesday after the Nigerian army closed several of its offices in Borno and Yobe states amid similar accusations of aiding terrorist organizations.
Similar attacks are possible in Borno and Yobe states over the near term.
The northeastern region of Nigeria (i.e. Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states) 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.
Individuals traveling to the northeastern states of the country 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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