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07 Jan 2020 | 11:23 AM UTC

Nigeria: Boko Haram militants wound two in ambush on Nigerian military convoy in Borno state January 6

Boko Haram militants ambush Nigerian military convoy carrying top army commanders, wounding two soldiers in Borno state January 6; similar attacks likely over the near term

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Event

The Nigerian army confirmed that a military convoy was ambushed by Boko Haram militants in Borno state on Monday, January 6. The convoy was carrying four of the army's top commanders from Jakana town in Borno when the group attacked. Two Nigerian soldiers were reportedly wounded in the ensuing gunfight, which left several Boko Haram militants dead.

Similar attacks are likely in Borno state over 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.