ISWAP Claims Responsibility For Attack In Southwest Nigeria

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), on Wednesday, claimed responsibility for an attack on a police vehicle in Ondo.

The Islamic State franchise has claimed responsibility for an attack on a police vehicle in Nigeria’s southwestern state of Ondo.Ā 

The group did not provide details on the attack, including when it happened. However, it fits the profile of attacks in the past few months. Recent incidents have included targeting security forces and civilian locations outside its traditional heartland in the northeast, where the military is engaged in a counterinsurgency campaign.  

In June, the Nigerian government said the attack on a Catholic church in Ondo, which left dozens of people dead and several others injured, was linked to ISWAP. 

HumAngle has previously reported on improvised explosive devices in the northeastern state of Taraba and Kogi in the northcentral. 

ISWAP has also attacked police officers in Kogi and the town of Suleja, near the countryā€™s capital.

The group has also claimed responsibility, in the past, for a series of attacks in the capital, including the jailbreak at a custodial facility in the Kuje area and the attack on a military unit around the famous Zuma rock. 

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