UPDATE: Suicide attack kills 22 in Borno mosque
A suicide bomber attack killed 22 persons and injured 11 others at mosque in Borno State this morning.
A member of the youth vigilance group told our correspondent that the suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Molai-Umarari village, behind the Molai Hospital, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the state capital.
According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the incident occurred at about 5am during the Muslim early morning prayers.
He said members of the youth vigilance group subsequently trooped to the area to offer assistance to the injured and get the dead to the mortuary.
“Presently I am at the scene of the attack, we have our men here with soldiers and emergency workers who are working to bring back normalcy and get both the dead and injured to the hospital,” he said.
Molai is about 10 kilometres from Maiduguri on the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu Road.
The death toll in Wednesday’s two suicide bombings, which targeted a mosque in a Borno village, has risen to 27, an official of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said yesterday.
NEMA Northeast coordinator Mohammed Kanar the death toll rose from 24 after three other victims died while receiving treatment at a local hospital. Among the dead were the two bombers.
Two suicide bombers perpetrated the attacks at the mosque in Umarari village on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the state capital.
One of the attacks took place inside the local mosque. The second blast occurred a few minutes later, about 50 meters away.
Terror group Boko Haram is suspected to be responsible for the attacks.