At least three people died and 19 were injured after a homemade bomb exploded at a bar in Iware, in the eastern state of Taraba, Nigeria, police announced.
Abuja, Northeast of Nigeria | The information was provided by the Efe news agency, which contacted the Taraba police spokesman, Usman Abdullahi, by telephone, who also noted: “We have started investigations but all we can say at the moment is that the explosion was caused by a handmade device. “.
In recent times, attacks and kidnappings have increased in the region, carried out by groups of armed men colloquially called “bandits”.
The violence, which mainly affects the central and northwestern states of Nigeria, is often aimed at extracting large ransoms, but there have also been clashes over land and scarce natural resources in the area between nomadic Fulani herders and local farmers.
In early April, armed men robbed a mosque in the town of Bali Jali, also in the state of Taraba, kidnapping seven worshipers and killing another.
In March, at least 26 people were killed (including minors) in an attack on the village of Tor-Damisa, near Donga.
Since 2009, insecurity has intensified in northeast Nigeria, led by the extremist group Boko Haram, supplanted, since 2016, by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).
According to government and United Nations data, both terrorist organizations have already caused the death of more than 35,000 people and caused about 2.7 million internally displaced people, as well as refugee flows towards Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Nigerian federal troops are also fighting heavily armed groups in the northwest and separatist tensions in the southeast of the country.
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