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04 Mar 2020 | 10:29 AM UTC

Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram attack in Borno state leaves 14 dead March 4

Suspected Boko Haram attack in Borno state leaves 14 dead on March 4; similar attacks possible over the near term

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Event

At least 14 people were killed when suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a military base in Damboa local government area in Borno state on Wednesday, March 4. The militants reportedly attacked the base in trucks fitted with machine guns at approximately 06:30 (local time) on Wednesday. More than 50 local residents were wounded by shrapnel from rocket-propelled grenades fired by the militants. According to local sources, 13 of the insurgents were killed by a fighter jet supporting the Nigerian soldiers defending the base. 

Similar attacks are possible in Borno state 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.