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Nigeria mosque attack leaves 50 killed

Police says at least 50 people were killed during the suicide bomb blast at a mosque in Mubi Police says at least 50 people were killed during the suicide bomb blast at a mosque in Mubi
Lillian Steele | 22 November, 2017, 01:14

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.

The blast occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning while worshippers were holding prayer.

"The roof was blown off. People near the mosque said the prayer was mid-way when the bomber, who was obviously in the congregation, detonated his explosives".

Eight people were critically injured and more than 30 others hurt but in stable condition, said Idris Garga, the northeast regional coordinator for Nigeria's national emergency agency.

Yet in recent months, Boko Haram activity has been concentrated around Madagali, in the far north of Adamawa near the border with neighbouring Borno state.

"This year Boko Haram has killed 357 civilians during 55 attacks in northeastern Nigeria".

Boko Haram typically mounts suicide attacks in crowded public places such as mosques and markets.

But St-Pierre said despite this "Boko Haram remains an extremely potent and risky organisation" which was far from being "on the back foot", as the military and government has claimed. The blast is said to have been carried out by a teenage suicide bomber, said reports. The attacks often leave only the bomber dead.

Boko Haram has waged an insurgency in northeast Nigeria since 2009 - killing more than 20,000 and forcing some two million to flee their homes in an attempt to create an Islamic State.

The other faction is based in the Lake Chad region and led by Abu Musab al-Barnawi.

"The extremists held territory in Adamawa state in 2014", she notes, "but were pushed out of the areas under their control by early 2015 in a concerted offensive by the Nigerian military, backed by troops from neighboring countries".

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