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ISWAP Continues Urban Campaign With Bomb Attacks In Northern Nigeria

The attacks are part of the group's new campaign outside its core areas of operations in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

The Islamic State (IS) franchise operating in the Lake Chad region has claimed responsibility for recent bomb attacks in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Taraba and Kogi in the north-central part of the country. 

At least three people were killed and several others injured, when an explosion occurred at a local bar in the Kabba area of Kogi state on Wednesday, May 11.

The Police had reportedly informed the News Agency of Nigeria the explosion was linked to a gas explosion and not a bomb blast. 

On Thursday, ISWAP claimed responsibility for the attack. This is part of the group’s new campaign that includes an attack on a police station in the Ogaminana area of Kogi and the execution of two individuals in the Kabba area.

The Islamic State franchise has also claimed responsibility for detonating an improvised explosive device that targeted the Nigerian Army 6th Brigade in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba on Tuesday night, May 10.

The explosion that hit the Army’s 6th Brigade was said to have caused no casualties or destruction to the facility. However, the group said it caused damage to the facility and a vehicle.

Last month, ISWAP carried out a series of bomb attacks targeting local bars in Taraba. 
HumAngle had previously reported that ISWAP has begun a new urban guerrilla campaign — a notable shift from its earlier strategy of operating predominantly in areas around the Lake Chad and savannah forest of the northeast.


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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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