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14 juill. 2020 | 22h33 UTC

Nigeria: Militants target security forces in Borno state July 13

Nigeria Alerte de sécurité

Militants target security forces in attacks in Borno state on July 13; further attacks and counter security operations are possible in the region in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 14/7/2020, 12h00 until 16/7/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Borno State, Nigeria

Event

Militants attacked a military convoy near Maiduguri (Borno state) on Monday, July 13, killing eight soldiers. The attack occurred near Kumulla village, roughly 40 km (25 mi) southwest of the state capital Maiduguri.

Also on Monday, two soldiers were killed in a separate incident after a military patrol encountered a group of militants in Kolore village, around 50 km (31 mi) west of Maiduguri.

It is not clear as of Tuesday, July 14, who was responsible for the attacks.

Similar attacks have been reported in recent days in Borno state and further attacks and security operations are likely in the region in the near term.

Context

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

Those in Borno state are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant, 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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