50 die in Adamawa mosque attack

22 November, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Nigeria

One of the police said that together with other believers inside the mosque penetrated 16-17-year-old boy wearing an explosive belt.

Police say the teenage bomber detonated early Tuesday in Adamawa state as people were arriving for prayers.

Confirming the incident, the Chairman of Mubi North Local Government Area in the state, Musa Ahmad Bello, said: "The suicide bomber struck at the mosque during the morning prayer".

"Already, the injured have been rushed to hospitals".

He added: "May the souls of the dead rest in peace".

In a statement, the president's office said the government would do "everything required to secure the state from the deadly menace of Boko Haram".

Mubi is in Adamawa state where Boko Haram held territory in 2014.




According to police spokesman Othman Abubakar, the young perpetrator detonated the explosives while mingling among the crowds of worshippers.

Sunday's attack in Lawanti village, in the Jere area of Borno state, again underlined the threat posed by the group to people outside heavily-fortified towns and cities.

He said, "This wanton and deliberate targeting of civilians must end".

Security analysts said Tuesday's bombing again underlined the threat posed by Boko Haram, despite an overall decline in deaths from attacks by the group past year.

But it has been peaceful since the military and the civilian militia ousted them from the town, which is a commercial hub and home to the Adamawa State University. The group mounts suicide attacks in public places such as mosques and markets.

Boko Haram fighters are also said to be hiding in the Mandara mountains, which forms the border of Adamawa and Nigeria with neighbouring Cameroon, where there has also been more attacks.

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