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08 Apr 2020 | 09:05 PM UTC

Nigeria: Joint security forces target militants in Borno state April 6

Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) soldiers kill 19 Boko Haram militants in Borno state during operations on April 6; further security operations expected in the region

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Event

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) launched operations targeting Boko Haram militants around the Lake Chad area of Borno state on Monday, April 6. Ground and air forces from Niger and Nigeria participated in the assault, which reportedly left at least 19 suspected militants dead. Security forces also destroyed two gun trucks and captured two others. Weapons, ammunition, and four motorcycles were recovered.

Further operations targeting militants in the Lake Chad region are likely over the near term.

Context

Although regional counterinsurgency efforts begun in 2015 and led by West African states Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger have diminished Boko Haram's effective territorial control, northeastern Nigeria remains Boko Haram's stronghold and is host to most of the group's militant activity.

Advice

Individuals in Nigeria 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.