Suspected Boko Haram militants launched an attack on an army counterterrorism team operating in Damboa (Borno state) on Sunday, September 20. The team was on a patrol to clear militants from the Gari-Wajiroko area when they came under attack, injuring the group's commander, Colonel DC Bako. The commander later died of his injuries in a military hospital. Local reports state that weapons and equipment were recovered during the operation.
Similar attacks are possible in Borno state 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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