On Tuesday, July 7, security forces repelled a militant attack on a military checkpoint in Gubio Local Government Area (LGA), along the Gubio-Magumeri road. Unconfirmed reports on social media outlets suggest that militants stormed Gubio town and attacked a checkpoint, firing sporadically and clashing with security forces. In response to the attack, the military temporarily closed Gubio road as vehicles were ordered to return to the state capital Maiduguri. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
Further attacks and associated security operations are likely in the area in 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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