Suspected Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants assaulted a military checkpoint outside of the town of Mainok (Borno state) on Wednesday, May 13. Additional troops inside the town reportedly engaged the militants, who withdrew from the area. According to military sources, five soldiers were killed in the attack. There are conflicting reports from army officials on whether the attackers suffered casualties.
Similar militant operations are likely in Borno state over the near term.
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.
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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