50 dead in Nigeria mosque battle
By AFP|Updated:: 21st November 2017
KANO: At least 50 individuals were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police stated, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists.
The blast took place throughout morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa location of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by roadway 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 representative Othman Abubakar informed AFP.
” Several individuals were hurt. Since they have actually been taken to numerous medical facilities for treatment, we do not have the figure now.
” It was a (suicide) bomber who joined worshippers. He got in the mosque in addition to other worshippers for the early morning prayers.
” It was when the prayers were on that he triggered his dynamites.”
Asked who was accountable, Abubakar stated: “All of us understand the pattern. We do not think anybody particularly however we understand those behind such type of attacks.”
The attack bore all the trademarks of Boko Haram, the Islamist militants whose revolt has actually left a minimum of 20,000 individuals dead and more than 2.6 million others homeless considering that 2009.
Haruna Furo, head of the Adamawa state emergency situation management firm, and Musa Hamad Bello, chairman of the Mubi north city government location, both validated the attack.
They offered lower death tolls however both stated the variety of those killed was most likely to increase.
Another emergency situation services main explained the blast as “ravaging”. He stated just that there were “high casualties”.
– Roof blown off –
Abubakar Sule, who lives near the mosque, stated he had actually simply returned house when he heard the blast.
” I existed when the rescue was on and 40 individuals passed away on the area and a number of others were required to health center with deadly and serious injuries,” he included.
” The roofing system was blown off. Individuals near the mosque stated the prayer was mid-way when the bomber, who was certainly in the churchgoers, detonated his dynamites.
” This is clearly the work of Boko Haram.”
Boko Haram briefly overran Mubi in late 2014 as its fighters rampaged throughout northeastern Nigeria, taking towns and towns in its mission to develop a hardline Islamic state.
The town’s name was altered briefly to Madinatul Islam, or “City of Islam” in Arabic, throughout the Boko Haram profession.
It has actually been tranquil given that the military and the civilian militia ousted them from the town, which is a business center and house to the Adamawa State University.
In current months, Boko Haram activity has actually been focused on the far north of Adamawa state, around Madagali, which is near the border with neighbouring Borno state.
Previously this month, a minimum of 2 civilians were killed when lots of Boko Haram fighters aimed to storm the town of Gulak however were driven away by soldiers.
There have actually been duplicated suicide battles in the location, which lies not far from the Sambisa Forest location of Borno, where the militants had a base.
Boko Haram fighters are likewise stated to be concealing in the Mandara mountains, to the east of Adamawa state, which forms the border with neighbouring Cameroon.