17 dead in attacks linked to jihadists in Nigeria – The Citizen

Seventeen people were killed in suspected jihadist attacks a north Nigeria, where an Islamist uprising lasting more than a decade has claimed tens of thousands of lives, sources said Thursday.

About two dozen fighters dressed in military uniforms believed to belong to the West African Province of the Islamic State (ISWAP) group sneaked into Yobe state’s Geidam town on foot at the end of Wednesday, sources said. militia.

They rounded up nine people in a bar and massacred them, some with their hands tied behind their backs, militiaman Gremah Bukar told AFP.

“They killed nine people at the bar, including two women and a retired police officer,” she said.

The jihadists also made their way into the staff quarters of a technical institute, killing two people and setting buildings on fire, Bukar said, in a report backed by another militiaman, Abubakar Adamu.

Residents who saw the attackers mistook them for troops from a city base, resident Babagana Kyari said.

Ari Sanda, another resident, said the jihadists passed through the eastern part of the city that was left unattended and people who saw them leave thought they were bona fide troops.

Both residents gave the same death toll.

Geidam, near the border with Niger, was repeatedly searched by jihadists, including the military base where they killed troops and took away weapons.

– ‘Vendetta’ –

Separately, ISWAP has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a bar in Taraba state, an area in northern Nigeria outside their typical operating zone.

Police said three people died and 19 were injured on Tuesday when an explosive device exploded in a bar.

State policeman Usman Abdullahi told AFP on Thursday that three of the injured had died, bringing the death toll to six.

In a statement released in Arabic on Wednesday, the jihadist group said it detonated the bomb, “killing and injuring nearly 30 Christians and damaging the bar.”

The statement, translated by SITE Intelligence which monitors jihadist activities around the world, states that the attack was a “revenge” for the deaths of two of the group’s leaders, without providing further details.

The explosion occurred in a crowded open-air bar in the city of Iware.

ISWAP has become the dominant threat in northeastern Nigeria since the death in May 2021 of Abubakar Shekau, the former leader of the rival group Boko Haram.

More than 40,000 people have died and around two million have fled their homes since Boko Haram launched the insurgency in 2009.

The Nigerian military has stepped up its offensive ahead of the rainy season that begins next month, killing high-profile commanders in recent airstrikes on the group’s fields.

Taraba is located in the central-eastern part of Nigeria and has not suffered from jihadist attacks since 2014.

However, the state is a hot spot for ransom kidnappings by criminal gangs, known locally as bandits.

There has been growing concern over the increase in ties between jihadists and bandits who are motivated by financial motives without any ideological bias.

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