The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jam’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihd, has claimed responsibility for the killings of three police officers and a commercial motorcycle driver in Suleja, Niger State.
Suleja is around 20 kilometers from Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
On Thursday, gunmen attacked the officers as they responded to a distress call near the town’s Old Barracks.
Hosea Saba, Yahaya Yakubu, and Aminu Sani, all of whom were assigned to the B Division command at Suleja, were killed.
During the attack, three people were hurt, including a vigilante member.
According to ISWAP, the attack was conducted out by “caliphate forces.”
This comes only weeks after the gang claimed credit for a police station attack in Kogi state’s Adavi Local Government Area.
This is the first time ISWAP has claimed responsibility for an attack in Niger.
If the militants carried out the attack as claimed, it demonstrates the terror group’s growth into the northern half of the country.
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