On the early morning (local time) of Monday, December 17, Boko Haram fighters attacked the village of Zabarmari, located 10 km (6 mi) from the state capital of Maiduguri (Borno state). According to local sources, at least four people were killed in the incident. Further attacks by Boko Haram fighters are possible in Borno state in the near term.
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 the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA). Though Nigerian military forces have pushed insurgents from much of their previously claimed territory, attacks have been on the rise since June 2017.
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. Although travel is permissible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.