Terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for an explosion on Tuesday at a Christian bar in Iware, in the eastern state of Taraba, Nigeria, which killed six.
Taraba, Nigeria | According to Taraba state police spokesman Usman Abdullahi, three of the wounded died, bringing the death toll to six.
In a statement issued Wednesday night, the Islamic State in West Africa (Iswap) said it had detonated an explosive device in a bar, “killing and injuring 30 Christians”.
The attack, according to the Iswap statement, was retaliation for the killing of two of the group’s leaders, according to a translation by the US-based non-governmental organization SITE Intelligence, which tracks attacks by Islamic fundamentalists across the country. world.
The Nigerian army recently announced that it had killed several commanders of the ‘jihadist’ group in airstrikes in the Lake Chad region.
Iswap is a breakaway branch of Boko Haram, which broke up in 2016. Affiliated with the Islamic State group, Iswap has become the dominant extremist group in northeast Nigeria since the death of rival Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in May 2016. 2021, in a confrontation with Iswap fighters.
The state of Taraba, located in central eastern Nigeria, hundreds of kilometers further south of Iswap’s area of operations, has not seen any ‘jihadist’ attacks since 2014.
But the state is, like most central and northwestern states, the scene of heavily armed criminal gangs attacking villages, looting, kidnapping and killing residents. Mainly motivated by money, these ‘bandits’ act without ideological affiliation, although there are suspicions of alliances with ‘jihadists’.
The armed forces of Africa’s most populous country have been fighting the Islamic fundamentalist insurgency in the country’s northeast since 2009, a conflict that has left more than 40,000 dead and two million displaced.
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