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28 Jan 2019 | 06:20 PM UTC

Nigeria: Militants attack army bases in Borno state January 26-27

Suspected jihadists attack two military bases in Borno state January 26-27; Islamic State claims responsibility for one assault

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Event

Boko Haram and Islamic State militants targeted two Nigerian military bases in Borno state on Saturday, January 26, and Sunday, January 27. The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for the Saturday night (local time) attack on a base in Logomani (near Gamboru). According to Nigerian officials, eight soldiers were wounded in the assault; however, ISWAP released a contradictory statement saying 30 soldiers were killed. On Sunday morning, Boko Haram fighters engaged soldiers at a base in Pulka along the Cameroonian border. Similar militant attacks are possible in Borno state over the coming weeks.

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. 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.

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