Several injured as suicide bomb blows up self at mosque in Borno


A suicide bomber suspected to be member of Boko Haram terrorist strapped with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on Wednesday morning killed himself, and left dozens of people injured near a mosque in Sulimanti ward of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

There were reports that the suicide bombers, two in number stormed the area, but the other one escaped without detonating his IED, a situation that men of the Civilian JTF and volunteered residents are combing the whole area with a view to arrest the fleeing suicide bomber.

“The suicide bomber who disguised as a worshipper attempted to enter the nearby Masalacin Kofar Shehu Councillor (mosque) when Muslim faithful were performing their morning prayers, but the IEDs he was carrying exploded few metres to the mosque leaving the suicide bomber dead with few others who were about to enter the mosque injured”, sources said.

This is not the first time the mosque will witness an attack.

In 2012, some Boko Haram members attacked and killed residents with Ak47 rifles close to the Mosque.

Wednesday’s incident took place at about 4:50am, leaving residents of Maiduguri in fear as it has been close to two months now without any explosion or gunshot within the metropolis.

A resident of Sulimanti, Mallam Ali Aji who also was in the mosque when the explosion occurred said that, “immediately after the blast, worshippers had to desert the mosque for dear lives, before men of the Civilian JTF and military arrived the scene and cordon off the whole area, as I am speaking to you now, the charred body of the suicide bomber is scattered all over the place”.

It was gathered that the injured have since been evacuated to hospitals within the metropolis.

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