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21 Jan 2020 | 05:07 AM UTC

Niger: New security measures implemented in Tillaberi January 20

Authorities adopt new security measures in the Tillaberi region to counter jihadist attacks January 20; respect all instructions issued by local authorities

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Event

On Monday, January 20, government authorities announced the implementation of new security measures in the Tillaberi region. The three main implemented measures are the prohibition of motorcycles at all times, gas rationing to a maximum of 20 liters per person per day, and the closure of several markets known to be used as sources for food and petrol supply by jihadist militants. According to Tillaberi's governor, these decisions will allow authorities to better monitor militants' movements. The measures will remain into effect until further notice.

Context

Niger faces a high threat from terrorism, including armed attacks and abductions. Militant Islamist cells from various Nigerian and Malian terrorist groups - including Boko Haram, Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), and Al-Mourabitoun - are all active in the country.

Advice

Individuals throughout Niger should exercise vigilance when visiting sites deemed particularly likely to be targeted by an attack (e.g. government buildings, prominent hotels, etc.) and report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities.

Many Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to areas located in the north and west of the country, including areas along the border with Burkina Faso, as well as areas along the Nigerian border to the south, due to the high risk of terrorist activity.