At least 22 Muslim worshippers were killed when a suicide bomber detonated himself in a mosque in Umarari Village, outskirts of Maiduguri, during the early morning prayers on Wednesday, an official said.
Umarari is about 5km south of Maiduguri, the northeast Nigeria city where Boko Haram insurgency birthed.
An official of the Civilian-JTF, Alhaji Danbatta, who coordinated the evacuation of victims said 14 other persons were injured in the blast.
The blast is the first to be recorded in Borno state since the last that killed about 50 persons at an IDP camp in Dikwa, a town 85km away from Maiduguri.
“The bomb attack occurred this morning in Umarari village, just after Mulai Leprosy Hospital, outside Maiduguri, along the Biu-Maiduguri highway,” said Mr. Danbatta.
“It was a suicide attack: the bomber sneaked in while the worshippers were observing the morning congregational prayer. We evacuated 14 corpses and 21 injured ones were taken to the hospital”.
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