Clashes Ongoing

Apr 17, 2021

As of 16 April 2021, clashes between armed groups and national forces remain ongoing in northeastern Borno state following an attack overnight on 13-14 April by rebel militants against Damasak — a border town housing a military base. During the initial attack, militants attempted to infiltrate the military base but were repelled by government forces. They subsequently looted and destroyed nearby homes, businesses, a police station, humanitarian aid agency warehouses and a UNHCR facility. At least 18 people were killed, and 21 others were injured, although the death toll is likely to rise. It was the third such attack in the span of a week, prompting approximately 80% of the 65,000 residents in Damasak to flee. According to a spokesperson for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the majority of humanitarian aid organizations in the area have suspended operations in the area due to the recent bout of insecurity.

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