Islamic State Franchise Attacks Security Personnel In Southern Nigeria

ISWAP, on Friday, claimed responsibility for the attack on Nigerian Police in Edo.

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has attacked security personnel along a highway in Nigeria’s southern State of Edo.

The attack comes a few days after it claimed responsibility for a similar attack on a police vehicle in the southwest of the country. 

The group says it targeted police personnel and showed the burning of a vehicle with the inscription of operation wabaizigan, a security outfit created in the state to curb violent crime. 

Edo shares a border with Kogi and Ondo, where the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for attacks as part of a campaign that began months ago. 

The campaign has included ISWAP cells using small arms fire and explosive devices in several states to target security forces and civilians. 

The group has also carried out attacks in the Capital, including a jailbreak and targeting a military unit.

Nigeria is battling Islamic State and Al Qaeda-affiliated groups across vast rural areas in the country’s north. The new trend and expansion complicate the security environment.  

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