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Islamic State claims responsibility for devastating bomb attack in northern Nigeria, says 30 killed

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The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), affiliated to the Islamic State terrorist group, has claimed responsibility for a devastating bomb explosion that occured on Tuesday at a market in the north central Nigerian State of Taraba.

Though the Nigerian government and military authorities said seven people were killed in the blast, the terrorists say more than 30 people lost their lives while dozens of others were injured in the explosion.

The explosion took place at a local market in a rural community known as Iware, with local police initially saying only three people were killed and 19 injured, before the military said the death toll had risen to seven.

However, the extremist group said it killed 30 people at a drinking joint in the market where alcohol was sold, marking an expansion of its operation beyond the north east into the north central of Nigeria.

In a statement posted on Thursday on a Telegram channel used by Islamic State to distribute its propaganda, the insurgents said it was responsible for the attack and described those who detonated the bomb in the market as “soldiers of the caliphate in central Nigeria.”

“Soldiers of the caliphate struck a gathering of infidel Christians and sent them to hell,” part of the statement said.

Residents and eyewitnesses said a local drinking spot selling beer and local brew was targeted in the attack, with one resident saying he counted nine dead bodies, while another said he had seen several dead including two women.

The northeast of Nigeria, especially Borno and Yobe States, have been the epicenter of the Islamist insurgencies for over a decade, beginning first with Boko Haram, before the infiltration of the IS-affiliated ISWAP.

And with the attack in Taraba which is located in Nigeria’s middle belt central region, the Islamic State insurgents are gradually expanding into other territories.

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Nigeria: Presidency warns against planned nationwide protest, accuses opposition

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The Nigerian Presidency has warned against a planned nationwide protest scheduled to kick off on August 1, saying it could degenerate into anarchy.

Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, who gave the warning on Saturday, said those behind the planned protest want to destabilise the country, urging citizens to be very careful because they may not predict what could be the end of such action.

Onanuga also accused supporters of the Labour Party presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, Peter Obi, popularly called Obidients, of being behind the planned protest.

Onanuga who acknowledged that it is the right of people to protest in a democracy, he however cautioned those behind it to should be careful so that it will not be hijacked by people who would use the opportunity to cause problems.

“My post is just to highlight that the people who are organizing this so-called nationwide protest are members of Labour party, they are Peter Obi supporters, so that’s my own take of it, it’s my own opinion so I am not going to say more than this,” he said.

“That is their problem, I am not interested in what they want to do. I am just trying to say, look these are the people that are saying, we must do Kenya, so these are the people mobilizing, that is my own point.

“So, nobody is saying you must not protest, protest is legitimate in a democracy. The concern of people is that when you start a protest and it is not well managed, the end cannot be predicted just like people could not predict the end of EndSars.

“So, that’s just the concern of people. And again when you are saying revolution now, revolution now, do they know the meaning of revolution now? Revolution means you are calling for a coup d’etat, that’s the meaning of it and that’s the point that I am making, nothing more than that. So anybody can protest, it’s within their rights to protest, nobody says you should not protest.

“Check their handles and see what they are posting, just follow what they have been posting. What I did was to do content analysis of what these people are posting as a journalist,” the Presidential spokesman said.

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Over 10 million people displaced by Sudan war— IOM

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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported that as the world’s worst displacement crisis worsens in Sudan, almost 10 million, which is about 20% of the country’s population, have been forced from their homes since the conflict there started.

This is the most recent alarming estimate from the nation in East Africa, which has been destroyed by fighting that started in April 2023. The majority of the nation, around 50 million people, are now in need of humanitarian help and half of them are experiencing starvation as a result of the war.

According to a bimonthly report from the IOM, since the start of the conflict, over 2.2 million people have fled to foreign nations and about 7.8 million have sought safety within the nation. Previous conflicts in the country have already resulted in the displacement of an additional 2.8 million people.

When fighting broke out between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the capital city of Khartoum last year, it soon spread to the west throughout Darfur, with the RSF seizing control of most of the major cities.

Some UN experts have argued that the main cause of migration from Darfur—where it is impossible to provide aid—is now hunger rather than conflict.

“All refugees I met said the reason why they fled Sudan was hunger,” said World Health Organisation country director Dr. Shible Sahbani to reporters after visiting refugees from Darfur, the source of half of the displaced population, in Chad.

“A woman who just reached Adré reported that all food they used to produce locally in Darfur was taken by the fighters,” he added.

More than 150,000 people were displaced from Sennar state as the RSF extended its reach in the southeast of the nation in recent weeks, according to the IOM. Many of these individuals were relocated for the second or third time following RSF attacks on houses and marketplaces in the state’s minor towns and villages.

The RSF blames the activities of rogue actors and disputes that it has harmed civilians.

RSF forces have conducted incursions in Gedaref state, home to 668,000 people who are facing heavy rains and no shelter. This state is currently hosting a large number of displaced persons.

Human Rights Watch issued a warning last week about the risk of the RSF expanding into the Gedaref for the 40,000 Ethiopian refugees, most of whom are Tigrayans, who are alleged by the RSF to be fighting alongside the army.

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