At least two explosions have reportedly occurred in Maiduguri (Borno state) on Thursday evening, July 30, with initial reports of at least two fatalities and dozens wounded. Witnesses reported explosions in the Custom area along Tashan Bama road at around 17:47 (local time). It is indicated that the explosions were caused by multiple rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) fired from unknown locations. Security forces and emergency services are responding to the incident. No group claimed immediate responsibility for the attack, although Boko Haram militants carry out regular attacks in Borno state.
A heightened security presence is expected in Maiduguri in the immediate term and further attacks are possible in the coming days and hours.
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.
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