Two female suicide bombers killed at least 22 worshippers in an attack during dawn prayers Wednesday on a mosque on the outskirts of the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, rescue officials said from the birthplace of Boko Haram. One bomber blew up inside the mosque and the second waited outside to detonate as survivors tried to escape, said coordinator Abba Aji of the civilian self-defense Vigilante Group.
At least 17 people were wounded and evacuated to the hospital, said Abdul Mohammed of the National Emergency Management Agency.
The mosque is located in Umarari, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State’s capital and command center of the Nigerian military’s war against Boko Haram insurgents.
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the early morning suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Maiduguri, the capital city of Borno State on Wednesday. In his message posted on social media page, President Buhari said: “I am dismayed by the news of a bomb attack on innocent worshippers in a mosque in Maiduguri this morning.
“This attack is yet another sign that Boko Haram is a mindless and godless group that in no way represents true Islam.
“I sympathize with all who lost family and loved ones in the attack, and with the government and people of Borno State.
“Nigerians should please not let down their guard. Vigilance should continue to be a priority, especially in public places.
The Government remains resolute in its commitment to securing Nigeria from terrorism and violence.” he said.