Metro The Most Populated Nigerian State May Be The Next Target For Boko Haram - NigerianMonitor



A deteriorating security situation in much of Nigeria in the lead-up to contested elections in February and an on-going bombing campaign by Islamist militant group Boko Haram has not dented investor interest in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city and economic engine.

To many, Lagos appears insulated—if not removed—from the security concerns that plague other parts of the country.

But a reported attack on a fuel tank facility on the outskirts of #Lagos late last month could portend an end to the city’s relative tranquility. In that incident, a pair of explosions—triggered by a car bomb and a hand-held improvised explosive device—killed four people.

Still, the attack caused relatively little damage as it failed to set nearby fuel facilities on fire and was not highly sophisticated. Boko Haram has not claimed responsibility, though the attack was likely a deliberate attempt to disrupt Nigeria’s fuel supply, carried out autonomously by a local LOCM -2.94% affiliate.

Local militant networks are a growing concern in Lagos. Terrorism-related arrests in the area over the last 18 months suggest that while such networks may lack sophistication, they are intent on staging attacks in the city.

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Source: Nigerian Monitor

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