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31 Jan 2020 | 03:57 PM UTC

Nigeria: Suicide bombing leaves five dead in Maiduguri (Borno state) January 30

At least five killed and several more wounded in suicide bombing in Maiduguri (Borno state) January 30; similar attacks possible over the near term

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Event

Two suicide bombers reportedly detonated explosives in the Muna Galti area of Maiduguri (Borno state) on the night (local time) of Thursday, January 30, killing five people and wounding several others. The Police Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD) responded to the scene and investigations are ongoing as of Friday, January 31.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are expected in the vicinity of the incident. Similar attacks are possible in Maiduguri and Borno state over the near term.

Context

Although regional counterinsurgency efforts begun in 2015 and led by West African states Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger have diminished Boko Haram's effective territorial control, northeastern Nigeria remains Boko Haram's stronghold, concentrating the majority of its activities.

Advice

Individuals in Nigeria 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.