Two female suicide bombers have killed at least 22 worshipers in an attack on a mosque in Umarari Village, outskirts of Maiduguri, on Wednesday during morning prayers, a rescue official said from the birthplace of Boko Haram.
According to the coordinator of the civilian self-defence Vigilante Group, Abba Aji, one bomber blew up inside the mosque and the second waited outside to detonate as survivors tried to escape.
Abdul Mohammed of the State Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press news agency that another 17 people were wounded in the explosions early today, Wednesday.
An official of the Civilian-JTF, Alhaji Danbatta, said: “The bomb attack occurred this morning in Umarari village, just after Mulai Leprosy Hospital, outside Maiduguri, along the Biu-Maiduguri highway.”
“It was a suicide attack: the bomber sneaked in while the worshippers were observing the morning congregational prayer. We evacuated 14 corpses and 21 injured ones were taken to the hospital”.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, however, the blame will likely fall on the dreaded insurgent group, Boko Haram.
The ferocious death cult has increasingly used suicide and bomb attacks as Nigeria’s military pushes the group out of territories they once controlled.
Several bombers have exploded themselves in recent months at roadblocks into the city manned by the military and vigilantes.