Militants attacked the Jakana military base in Borno state on Friday evening, October 16, killing 14 soldiers. Several other soldiers were missing and presumed to have either escaped or been captured by the militants. Heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG's) were reportedly used in the attack in Jakana, which is situated 25 km (15 miles) from the regional capital Maiduguri. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the militants were aligned with the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group, although responsibility for the attack was not immediately claimed.
Further attacks and security operations are likely in the region 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 ISWAP. Though Nigerian military forces have pushed insurgents from much of their previously claimed territory, attacks have been on the rise since June 2017.
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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