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17 Dec 2019 | 05:27 AM UTC

Nigeria: Islamic State kills kidnapped aid workers December 13 /update 2

Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP) kills four aid workers on December 13, kidnapped on July 18 in Borno state

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Event

On Friday, December 13, a local NGO announced the killing of four out of six aid workers kidnapped on July 18 in Borno state by members of the Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP). Another employee was killed in September, while the other remains detained.

Similar attacks on aid workers, foreigners, and military and police personnel are likely in northeastern Nigeria in the near term.

Context

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.

Advice

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.