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24 Mar 2020 | 11:05 AM UTC

Nigeria: At least 70 soldiers killed in ambush in Borno state March 23

At least 70 Nigerian soldiers killed in militant ambush in Borno state March 23; similar attacks possible over the near term

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Event

According to military officials, at least 70 soldiers were killed in a militant ambush near the village of Gorgi (Borno state) on Monday evening (local time), March 23. The convoy was reportedly en route from Maiduguri to launch an offensive on camp affiliated with the Islamic State-West Africa Province (ISWAP) when it was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and other heavy weaponry. As of Tuesday, March 24, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, and it remains unclear whether the ambush was perpetrated my members of ISWAP or Boko Haram, both of which are active in the region.

Similar attacks are possible in Borno state 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 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.