At Least 50 Killed In Bombing During Mosque's Morning Prayers In Nigeria

Posted November 22, 2017

Abubakar Othman, a police spokesperson in Adamawa state, said the death toll from the attack in the town of Mubi is 50 people, but "there could be more as those seriously injured could add to the figure".

It was learnt that at least 50 people were killed after the suicide bomber attacked the crowed of Muslim worshippers.

"This is obviously the work of Boko Haram".

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He said this is the deadliest attack on civilians by the militant group since the start of the year, "It is deplorable that the attack was launched at a time when civilians were congregating for dawn prayers".

Boko Haram rarely claims attacks but the method is in keeping with tactics seen elsewhere in the long-running conflict.

"The extremists held territory in Adamawa state in 2014", she notes, "but were pushed out of the areas under their control by early 2015 in a concerted offensive by the Nigerian military, backed by troops from neighboring countries".

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Abubakar added that numerous injured were receiving treatment nearby.

On November 19, Boko Haram bases in the Njimiya, Parisa and Gulumba areas near the Sambisa Forest of Borno state were hit by air strikes, leading to "heavy losses", he claimed. "They have lost a staggering number of fighters, so they are now fighting back in their usual dastardly way, attacking civilians", he said.

"As I am talking to you, I saw over 22 dead with many injured including the suicide bomber, " said a resident who simply identified himself as Bello.

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Ryan Cummings, from security analysts Signal Risk, said the attack suggests Boko Haram "has an active operational presence in Adamawa" and retained the capacity to hit hard.