Suicide bomber blows self up during prayers at Madina mosque in Nigeria

Updated: Nov 22, 2017, 11:43 IST | Agencies

During early prayers at Madina mosque, a suicide bomber blew himself up

At least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on BokoHaram jihadists. The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres by road from the Adamawa state capital, Yola. "So far we have at least 50 dead from an attack at a mosque in Mubi," Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar said. "Several people were injured. We don't have the figure now because they have been taken to different hospitals for treatment.

This image shows the interior of a mosque after a deadly attack by a suicide bomber, in Mubi, Adamawa State, Nigeria, on Tuesday. PIC/AP/PTI
This image shows the interior of a mosque after a deadly attack by a suicide bomber, in Mubi, Adamawa State, Nigeria, on Tuesday. Pic/AP/PTI

"It was a (suicide) bomber who mingled with worshippers. He entered the mosque along with other worshippers for the morning prayers. "It was when the prayers were on that he set off his explosives." Asked who was responsible, Abubakar said, "We all know the trend. We don't suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks." The attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamist militants whose insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead and more than 2.6 million others homeless since 2009. Haruna Furo, head of the Adamawa state emergency management agency, and Musa Hamad Bello, chairman of the Mubi north local government area, both confirmed the attack.

2.6mn Total number of people left homeless by Boko Haram since the year 2009
20k Total number of deaths recorded since 2009

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