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03 Jan 2020 | 05:50 AM UTC

Nigeria: Boko Haram attack reported in Adamawa state January 2

Boko Haram fighters reportedly carry out attack in Adamawa state on January 2; similar attacks likely over the near term

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Event

According to military sources, Boko Haram militants carried out an attack in the town of Michika (Adamawa state) on Thursday, January 2, at around 18:00 (local time). Nigerian security forces quickly intervened on the scene and were able to take control of the situation. No civilian casualties were immediately reported, though one insurgent was killed.

Further attacks are likely in Adamawa 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 Adamawa 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.