Just In: Blast Kills Scores in a Mosque Attack in Northeast Nigeria
More than Fifty people have been reportedly killed in a suicide attack on a mosque during early morning prayers in a northeastern Nigerian town, according to the police.
The suspect attacked Tuesday at 5.20 a.m. in a town about two hours drive from Adamawa state’s capital Yola, police spokesman Othman Abubakar said by phone from the city. He declined to comment further on groups likely responsible, saying police are still investigating.
More than 20,000 people have been killed since Boko Haram started its deadly campaign in northeast Nigeria in 2009. The violence has claimed many lives in neighboring countries of Chad, Niger, and Cameroon as well.
A 2017 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report released a week ago says Nigeria remains one of the three most terrorised nations in the world. Although the same report indicated that Boko Haram killings decreased by 80% and that Nigeria recorded the biggest decrease in terrorism worldwide with 3,100 fewer people killed compared to 2015.
The Nigerian Military have been able to quell the incessant attacks to a very large extent, but cases like the recent one still happen.