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Nigerian Troops Responding To Terror Attack In Banki

A security breach in Banki town, Borno State, close to the Border with Cameroon is still unfolding

Troops of the Nigerian Army are reportedly responding to a terror attack on the garrison town of Banki in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria near the border with Cameroon. 

HumAngle is monitoring the unfolding attack and security situation in Banki. The details of the attack are not clear yet as of the time of filing this report.

Banki used to be within the area of influence of Boko Haram, the parent faction of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). However, the recent overrunning of the Boko Haram stronghold of Sambisa by ISWAP and the absortion of fighters could mean Banki and other areas face the risk of ISWAP attacks. 

A town under Bama Local Government Authority, Banki is about 61 kilometres  from the headquarters, Bama, and 135 kilometres from the state capital Maiduguri. 

The once-thriving cross-border trade town is a crucial centre for humanitarian interventions and support for people in the area affected by the violent insurgency.   

Nigerian and Cameroon forces liberated Banki in 2015 after it was captured in 2014 by Boko Haram.

Sunday’s incident comes days after  Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State and the United Nations (UN) hosted a high-level delegation of key partners in Banki. 

The delegates were from Canada, the European Union, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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