Hours ago, a mosque in north-east Nigeria was the target of a suicide bombing, which killed over 50 people.
Boko Haram has not taken responsibility for the attack, but the media has already reported them to be the likely culprits. Boko Haram militants held territory in Adamawa in 2014 but were pushed out by Nigeria’s army backed by troops from neighbouring countries in early 2015. The attack bears similarities to the group, who have often targeted crowded mosques and markets.
Abubakar Sule, who lives near the mosque, told Agence France-Presse he had just returned home when he heard the blast and rushed back to the scene.
“I was there when the rescue was on and 40 people died on the spot and several others were taken to hospital with severe and life-threatening injuries,” he said.
“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.”
A police spokesman, Othman Abubakar, said authorities were “still trying to ascertain the number of injured because they are in various hospitals”.
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.”