On Wednesday, July 29, the convoy of Borno state governor Babagana Zulum was attacked by suspected Boko Haram militants in Baga (Borno state). The governor was reportedly traveling to an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in the north of the state when the incident occurred. There were reportedly no casualties in the attack; however, as of Wednesday evening, the governor had not returned to the state capital Maiduguri as expected. This is the second time that Zulum's convoy has been attacked in less than a year.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of the incident and further militant attacks are possible 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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