Gunmen attack Maiduguri mosque, kill 41

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Barely 24 hours after a new central government was inaugurated in Abuja, a suicide bomber, on Saturday cut short the joy of Nigerians by detonating a bomb which killed 26 Muslim worshippers in a Maiduguri mosque.

Eyewitness said that the bomber sneaked into the mosque along Ali Kotoko Road, near Monday Market in Maiduguri, Borno State and detonate the bomb which also injured  28 other people.

The incident took place at about 4:00 pm when people gathered at the mosque to pray their Salatul Asr, the evening prayer.

Security sources, assisting in the  evacuation of victims said, also said that that apart from the mosque explosion, another  blast  rocked some area of the Monday Market with  fewer casualty figure.

The incidents came barely 12 hours after Boko Haram gunmen were repelled by the military in Maiduguri, which also claimed many lives.

The mosque explosion, according to Modu Fugu of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), occurred when the prayer session was about to commence  with over five dozens of people in attendance.

“We were  terrified by the loud explosion that rocked the  mosque near bicycle sellers market and other shops when the prayer session was cut  and worshippers fled to  safety.

“But many were killed and scores injured,” Fugu stated.

Borno State Police Command  confirmed the mosque blast, but said  it was  yet to get the casualty figure. The Red Cross and volunteers were reportedly involved in the rescue operation.

In another incident,  15 people were reportedly dead when suspected members of Boko Haram, in a convoy of vehicles and motorcycles laden with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), rocket grenades and anti-aircraft guns attacked Malari village in Borno State.

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Nineteen others in Bulunkutu Saleke, Gomari and Ajilari areas of the state were said to have been wounded.

The killings, according to Ibrahim Yakubu of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), were caused by the  insurgents’ sporadic gunshots, explosions and shelling on the  four villages that commenced from 12.35 – 2.45 a.m.

Confirming the incident in Maiduguri, a source at Borno Police Command said many residents of Gomari, Bulunkutu Saleke and  Ajilari were killed during the attac

 

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  1. biodun adebayo

    EVEN AFTER THE IMMEDIATE ORDERING, BY THE NEW PRESIDENT, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, THAT THE MILITARY HEADQUARTERS SHOULD RELOCATE TO MAIDUGURI FROM ABUJA. PERHAPS, THEY ARE STILL SETTLING DOWN AND RESTRATEGISING. DEFINITELY, WITH CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT, THERE IS HOPE THAT BOKO HARAM INSURGENCE WILL SOON BECOME A STORY.

    IN MY OPINION, IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME. BUT THERE IS NEED FOR TIME FRAME AND COMMITMENT FROM THE MILITARY, OTHER SECURITY AGENCIES AND THE PRESIDENCY.

    THE QUICK COMING OF THE NEW DEFENCE CHIEF AND MINISTER OF DEFENCE WILL BE A BOOST. THERE IS NEED FOR CHANGE IN STRATEGY, TACTICS, INTELLIGENCE GATHERING AND SOME KEY OFFICERS!

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