Two suicide bombers suspected to be members of the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, attacked the Damboa central mosque in Borno state on Friday morning, killing six Muslim worshipers, officials have said in the latest violence to hit the restive region.
According to the spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, the attack happened at about 5:15 am (0415 GMT) in the town of Damboa, about 90 kilometres (56 miles) southwest of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.
Usman, in a statement, said the first bomber headed for the biggest mosque in the village, but was subdued by soldiers deployed there.
The statement read: “The first suicide bomber targeted Damboa Central Mosque but due to stringent security measures, he could not gain entry. Obviously frustrated, he exploded and died near the Central Mosque.
“However, the second bomber veered off and gained entry into another smaller mosque and detonated the bomb, killing himself and 6 other worshippers and injuring one other person. The wounded has been evacuated to a hospital while efforts are on to clear the rubbles. Troops and other security agencies have been mobilised to the area.
“In a related development, suspected elements of Boko Haram terrorists in a survival bid attacked Gaskeri village ahead of Dalori yesterday evening, where they killed 3 civilian vigilantes and looted foodstuffs. Troops have been mobilised and they are on the suspected terrorists’ trail.
“Similarly, as part of the efforts to keep Maiduguri-Dikwa-Gamboru Ngala road open and safe, troops of 3 Battalion, 22 Brigade yesterday escorted 4 trailers and 44 other vehicles from Dikwa to Gamboru Ngala yesterday. The escort duties would continue.
“Troops of 3 Battalion ambushed Boko Haram terrorists at Gajibo crossing point and recovered one AK-47 rifle loaded with magazine, a transistor radio and a knife on 6th July 2016.”