At least 24 people have been killed, and a further 23 injured, after two suicide bombers attacked a mosque, in northeastern Nigeria.
At least 24 people are dead and 23 injured after an attack by two female suicide bombers on a mosque on the outskirts of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, officials have said.
One bomber blew herself up inside the mosque and the second waited outside to detonate as survivors tried to escape, said Abba Aji, a coordinator from the civilian self-defence Vigilante Group.
Umar Usman said he escaped injury 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,” he said.
The mosque is in the Boko Haram stronghold of Umarari on the outskirts of the city, which is a command centre for the Nigerian military’s war against Boko Haram Islamic insurgents.
In recent months, suicide bombers have blown themselves up at roadblocks manned by the military and vigilantes that lead into the city, indicating success in preventing attackers from reaching crowded areas.