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Nigeria: Islamic State targets ‘a gathering of infidel Christians’ in bombing

The Nigerian government officials who should be protecting the Christians appear to be powerless to do so, or uninterested in doing so.

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For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Nigeria from, see here.

“Islamic State claims Nigeria bombing, says about 30 killed or hurt,” Reuters, April 21, 2022:

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, April 21 (Reuters) – Islamic State claimed responsibility for an explosion that it said killed or injured 30 people at a market where alcohol was sold in Taraba State, Nigeria, marking an expansion of the area where the extremist group operates in the country.

Northeast Nigeria, especially the states of Borno and Yobe, have been in the grip of Islamist insurgencies for over a decade, but Taraba, located at the eastern end of Nigeria’s Middle Belt central region, has not previously been attacked.

The explosion took place on Tuesday in Iware, a rural town, and local police initially said three people were killed and 19 injured. They could not immediately be reached on Thursday to comment on the Islamic State claim or casualty count. read more

In a statement posted late on Wednesday on a Telegram messaging channel used by Islamic State to distribute its propaganda, the group described those who detonated the bomb in the market as “soldiers of the caliphate in central Nigeria”.

The statement said the attack had struck “a gathering of infidel Christians” and expressed satisfaction that the drinking spot had been damaged. It did not break down the casualty figure into dead and injured….

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