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ISWAP Terrorists Claim Responsibility For Attack On Kogi State Church, Killing Of Two Worshippers

October 18, 2022

The attack was the sixth to be claimed by the group in the state in the last six months.

The Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād, has confirmed that it carried out an attack on a church in Kogi State.

The attack was the sixth to be claimed by the group in the state in the last six months.

SaharaReporters had earlier reported today that gunmen on Sunday invaded a Celestial Church, Blood of Jesus Parish in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State, killing two persons and injuring several others.

The church is located behind the NNPC Mega petrol station in Felele axis along Abuja-Lokoja-Okene highway of Lokoja.

The two dead members were reported to have been evacuated from the church and deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja while the injured were rushed to the same hospital for treatment.

The attack of the Celestial church is the second in recent times in that area of Lokoja.

Few weeks ago, another church was attacked at Sarkin Numan around the Felele area of Lokoja.

ISWAP in a post on Tuesday said the attack was carried out by “soldiers of the caliphate.”

On April 23, gunmen attacked a police station in the same Adavi LGA in the state, which resulted in the death of three police officers.

Some days later, ISWAP claimed responsibility for the attack.

On May 11, there was an explosion at a bar in Lewu Junction area of Kabba town, Kogi.

The explosion claimed three lives out of the 16 persons affected.

Two weeks later, another explosion occurred at another bar in the town, in Kabbah-Bunu LGA.

The group claimed responsibility for both explosions.

Kabba is the headquarters of the Kabba/Bunnu LGA and the people speak a dialect of Yoruba called Owe.

The town is less than 10 minutes to Akunnu-Akoko and Ajowa-Akoko in Ondo State and less than 20 minutes to Omuo in Ekiti State.

ISWAP in June 2022 also claimed responsibility for the explosion that led to the death of two persons during an annual festival in the Idoji area of Okene, Kogi State.

The group also said it attacked two Nigerian government vehicles in the Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State few days after.