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06 Jan 2020 | 08:40 PM UTC

Nigeria: Death toll rises from bombing in Borno state January 6 /update 1

Officials raise death toll from bombing in Gamboru (Borno state) on January 6 to at least 30 people; recovery operations ongoing

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Event

The death toll from a bombing at the El Beid bridge in Gamboru (Borno state) has reportedly increased to at least 30 people as of Monday, January 6. According to local sources, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated on the bridge which connects Nigeria to Cameroon at approximately 17:00 (local time) on Monday. Local witnesses said over 35 people were also wounded in the blast. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Boko Haram is suspected of carrying 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.