Suicide bombers kill 24 in attack on Nigeria mosque
Published 16/03/2016 | 09:11
Two female suicide bombers killed at least 24 worshippers in an attack during dawn prayers on a mosque on the outskirts of the north-east Nigerian city of Maiduguri.
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-defence Vigilante Group.
A total of 18 people were injured.
President Muhammadu Buhari sent condolences to families of victims, said the attack exposed the perpetrators as "mere criminals who have no place among civilised people," and promised that "the final end of Boko Haram is in sight".
It was the second attack in five months on the Molai-Umarari mosque. Twin suicide bombers in October killed six people.
The mosque was closed after the October attack and had only reopened three days ago, residents said.
Umar Usman said he escaped because he was late: "We were just a few metres away from the mosque when a loud bang erupted and all we could see was dark smoke and bodies littered around."
The mosque is on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the city that is the military command centre of the war against Boko Haram.
Several suicide bombers have exploded recently at roadblocks leading into the city, preventing attackers from reaching crowded areas.