Nigeria: Islamic State target Christians in Taraba state bombing

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terror group has claimed responsibility for last month’s deadly bombing in which three Christians were reportedly killed and 19 others wounded in Nigeria’s Taraba state, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.

Detonating a bomb by remote control, ISWAP attacked what it said was “a gathering of infidel Christians” in the rural town of Iware on April 20, ICC reports. The town of Iware has a market where alcohol can be purchased, and this was an additional motive for targeting the particular spot that was bombed.

In a statement posted on Telegram, ISWAP said the attack had been carried out by “soldiers of the caliphate in central Nigeria,” ICC said. The terror group added they were pleased to have destroyed a place where alcohol could be purchased.
Christians living in the Middle Belt of Nigeria are being routinely terrorized by Islamic extremists including Fulani Muslim militants and Boko Haram terrorists, as well as by ISWAP: some 40,000 Christians in Nigeria have been murdered by Islamic terrorists in the last 15 years.

International rights groups including Genocide Watch and the US Commission on International Religious Freedom have warned a Christian genocide is taking place in Nigeria.

Nigeria ranked number one in the world last year for the number of Christians murdered on account of their faith.