Nigeria is the country most affected by attacks from the Islamic State this year

A report by Jihad Analytics announced that for the first time in the history of the jihadist group, Iraq is no longer the country where the Islamic State claims the greatest number of operations.

Three police officers were killed on Saturday by gunmen in an attack on a police station claimed by jihadists linked to the Islamic State (IS) group in Kogi State, central Nigeria.

"Caliphate soldiers attacked a police station" in the Kogi region, the group said in a statement on Telegram, saying the attack left five people dead.

State police spokesman William Ovye Aya said the assailants managed to escape despite sustaining gunshot wounds, but efforts were underway "to apprehend them and bring them to justice".

According to a recent report by Jihad Analytics, Nigeria is the country most affected by attacks by the Islamic State, ahead of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

“Since the beginning of the year, the Islamic State has carried out half of its attacks in #Africa. For the first time in the history of the jihadist group, Iraq is no longer the country where #EI claims the greatest number of operations: the #ISWAP group is now more active in Nigeria. »

The Jihad Analytics group states that "for the first time in the history of the jihadist group, Iraq is no longer the country where ISIS claims the greatest number of operations: the Islamic State group in the province of West Africa (ISWAP) is now more active in Nigeria”.

Iswap was born out of a split with Boko Haram in 2016. Affiliated with the Islamic State group, ISWAP has been the dominant jihadist group in northeast Nigeria since the death of the leader of rival Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, in May 2021.

The jihadists usually intensify their attacks during Ramadan, the holy month for Muslims.

MC (With AFP)

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