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Three Police Officers Killed In ISWAP Attack In Suleja, Near Nigeria’s Capital

Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for an attack on a police team in Suleja, a town in North-central Nigeria, close to the country's capital.

Three Nigerian police officers were killed on Thursday, May 12, when an ISWAP cell ambushed a police team in the town of Suleja in Nigeria’s north-central state of Niger, near the country’s capital city.

The group on Friday claimed that it killed four, causing others to escape and seized two weapons. However, reports indicate that three policemen and a commercial motorcyclist were killed during the attack.

According to a Daily Trust report, the officers were responding to a distress call when they were ambushed by the gunmen. Abdullahi Shuaibu Maje, the Suleja Council Chairman, informed that outlet that three persons, including a vigilante member, survived the attack.

The Islamic State (IS) franchise recently claimed responsibility for bomb attacks in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Taraba and Kogi in the northcentral part of the country.

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

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