A teenage suicide bomber blew himself up as worshippers gathered for morning prayers at a mosque in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 50 people, police said on Tuesday, in one of the region’s deadliest attacks in years.
The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200km (125 miles) by road from the Adamawa state capital, Yola.
Police spokesman Othman Abubakar said they were “still trying to ascertain the number of injured because they are in various hospitals”.
While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the attack bears the hallmarks of Boko Haram. The Islamist group is based in neighbouring Borno state and has been blamed for scores of similar attacks in crowded public places, such as mosques and markets, over the years.
Asked who was responsible, Abubakar said: “We all know the trend. We don’t suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks.”
Boko Haram has increasingly been using teenagers or young women as bombers, many of whom have been abducted…