Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, the group said in a message posted on social media on Sunday evening.
The claim of responsibility on Twitter was signed by Islamic State in West Africa Province, used by Boko Haram since its pledge of allegiance to the militants in Syria and Iraq in March.
At least 18 people were killed and 41 injured in the bombings on Friday night, in Kuje, to the west of Abuja, and in Nyanya, to the east, the authorities said.
Suspicion immediately fell on the Islamist militants, who last year said they were behind two attacks in Nyanya that left more than 90 dead.
The post on twitter by Boko Haram militants, claiming loyalty to Islamic State (Isis), in a statement, yesterday on Twitter, said they were behind the bombings. showed photographs of three men in combat fatigues, holding automatic weapons and in front of the group’s insignia, and claimed they had carried out “martyrdom operations”.
Boko Haram claims these were the suicide bombers behind Abuja explosions on Friday, October 2, 2015.
Recall that sometime in March 2015, Boko Haram renamed itself Islamic State’s West Africa Province (Iswap). The leader of Isis, a militant group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq, however accepted the pledge of allegiance from Boko Haram, in May 2015.
The police on Saturday said “preliminary investigations revealed the bomb blasts were carried out by two suicide bombers — a male and a female”.
The Arabic message said the trio’s targets were police stations in Nyanya and Kuje, calling them “strongholds of the apostates (non-believers)”, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
One militant attacked Nyanya, the other two Kuje, it said.
Boko Haram has previously attacked police stations and prisons, where militant fighters have been held. Kuje prison, near Abuja’s airport, currently houses dozens of Boko Haram inmates.