The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on soldiers deployed around the Zuma rock area of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
The terror group acknowledged this in a statement released on Saturday, July 30.
The attack on Thursday night targeted a checkpoint mounted by soldiers of the Presidential Guards Brigade, an elite Army unit in charge of protecting the capital and the President.
The group has also attacked police officers in Suleja, a town in Niger State which is less than 50km from the heart of Abuja.
Over the past months, ISWAP has also claimed responsibility for detonating improvised explosive devices and carrying out attacks in Kogi, another state that borders the federal capital in the north-central region.
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