Five dead in suicide bombing in Maiduguri mosque

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At least five people were killed on Monday
when a suicide bomber blew himself up
inside a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, a
militia member assisting the military against
Boko Haram jihadists said.
The leader of the Civilian Joint Task Force
(CJTF) in Ajiri Yala, some 15 kilometres (10
miles) north of Maiduguri, said the attack
happened at about 4:30 am (0330 GMT).
“A male suicide bomber disguised as a
worshipper entered the mosque while
people were gathering for the morning
prayers,” he told AFP by telephone.
“He detonated his explosives. He killed five
people and injured several others.”
Boko Haram typically never claims
responsibility but has used suicide
bombing as a frequent tactic in its eight-
year insurgency to establish a hardline
Islamic state
Mosques that do not ascribe to its extremist
views are seen as legitimate targets, as are
people and places seen to be supportive of
the secular government.
On Sunday, a CJTF member manning a
checkpoint in the Muna area of Maiduguri
was killed and another injured when two
women strapped with explosives blew
themselves up.
Last Sunday, 14 people were killed when
three women detonated their explosives
near the Muna Garage camp, which is home
to tens of thousands of people made
homeless by the violence.
The United Nations warned recently that
attack against internally displaced people
(IDPs) in camps across the region “continue
to be a major concern”.
– Rural communities –
Communities in hard-to-reach areas of the
remote region are also vulnerable and at
the weekend, two women blew up in the
Gulak area of Madagali, in the far north of
Adamawa state.
A former local government area chairman,
Maina Ularamu, said there were two blasts
in Dar village on Saturday night and Sunday
morning.
“Our suspicion is that they intended to
attack the church, which is located inside
the primary school about 100 metres away
from the scene of the explosion,” he said.
Ularamu said locals suspected the two
women had come to Dar from the Sambisa
Forest, in neighbouring Borno, where Boko
Haram was known to have bases.
The military said earlier this year it had
retaken control of the former national park
but there are reports the militants have
moved back in.
They are also known to have been holed up
in the Mandara mountains that lie east of
Madagali and form the border between
Nigeria and Cameroon.
On August 2, Boko Haram fighters stormed
the village of Mildu, near Madagali, killing
six.
Ularamu said Boko Haram “remnants are
still lurking” in remote villages and the
Sambisa Forest, and troop reinforcements
were needed.
Attacks on civilians have largely been
attributed to the Boko Haram faction led by
Abubakar Shekau.
Strikes against the military are generally
blamed on the Islamic State group-
supported faction headed by Abu Mus’ab al-
Barnawi.
Last week, at least 15 soldiers were killed in
a raid on a military camp north of
Damaturu, which is the capital of Yobe state
bordering Borno to the west.
A military source said troops who had since
been on high alert on Saturday inflicted
heavy losses on a large contingent of Boko
Haram fighters near the Yobe village of
Goniri.
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