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Explosion Hits Kogi In North-central Nigeria 

According to the police, the explosion in the Kabba area of Kogi occurred on Sunday night with no casualty.

An explosion struck a local bar in the town of Kabba in Kogi State in Nigeria’s north-central region on Sunday, May 30. 

William Ovye-Ayaz, Police Public Relations Officer in the state command, was quoted to have informed the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that there was no casualty from the incident.

According to the police, the explosion happened at a Omofemi Bar at Okepadi Quarters in Kabba, around 9.15 p.m. on Sunday.

He also disclosed that the state police chief had directed the DC Investigations and the Bomb Detective Squad to move to the scene to ascertain the very nature of the explosion.  

“As it is now, there is no casualty, but only chairs and tables and the building are affected by the yet to be determined nature of the explosion,” the police spokesman stated.

Kogi has recently experienced a series of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacks as part of its urban campaign outside the centre of gravity in the northeastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. 

On Wednesday, May 11, at least three persons were killed and several others injured, when an explosion occurred at a local bar in the same Kabba town. 

The Police reportedly informed the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the explosion was a result of a gas explosion and not a bomb blast. However, ISWAP later claimed responsibility for the attack. 

The group had previously claimed responsibility for an attack on a police station in the Ogaminana area of Kogi that resulted in the death of five police officers. 

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