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06 Jan 2020 | 04:01 PM UTC

Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram blast kills at least nine in Gamboru (Borno state) January 6

Suspected Boko Haram bomb explosion kills at least nine people in Gamboru (Borno state), on Nigerian-Cameroonian border, January 6; similar attacks possible in Borno state over near term

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Event

A bomb explosion on the Nigerian side of the El Beid bridge, crossing the Nigerian-Cameroonian border, in Gamboru (Borno state) reportedly killed at least nine people and wounded 26 others on Monday afternoon (local time), January 6. Boko Haram militants are suspected to have carried out the attack.

Similar militant attacks are possible in the area 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.