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Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Attack In Nigeria’s Capital

The attack on the outskirts of Abuja occurred weeks after the group’s affiliate carried out a jailbreak in the capital.

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 attack is part of ISWAP’s expansion into new locations outside its stronghold in the Northeast. It comes a few weeks after the jailbreak in the Kuje area of the capital city.  

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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Murtala Abdullahi

Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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