Nigeria mosque bombers kill 22 in Umarari

Two suspected female attackers blow themselves up inside and outside a busy mosque in northeastern Maiduguri city.

    People walk in front of a mosque after a bomb attack in Maiduguri in 2012 [File: Olatunji Omirin/Reuters]
    People walk in front of a mosque after a bomb attack in Maiduguri in 2012 [File: Olatunji Omirin/Reuters]

    Two female bombers killed at least 22 worshippers in an attack on a mosque on Wednesday, Nigerian rescue officials say.

    The attack took place on the outskirts of the northeastern city of Maiduguri - the birthplace of the Boko Haram armed group.

    Abdul Mohammed, of the State Emergency Management Agency, told The Associated Press news agency that another 17 people were wounded in the explosions early on Wednesday.

    Abba Aji, coordinator of the civilian self-defence Vigilante Group, said that one bomber blew herself up inside the mosque and the second outside as survivors tried to flee.

    Aji said the mosque is in Umarari on the outskirts of the city that is now the command centre of the Nigerian military's war against Boko Haram.

    While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, blame will probably fall on the insurgents.

    Boko Haram has increasingly used suicide and bomb attacks as Nigeria's military pushes the group out of territories they once controlled. Several bombers have blown themselves up in recent months at roadblocks into the city manned by the military and vigilantes.

    The US military calls Boko Haram the most violent armed group in the world. 

    Some 20,000 people have been killed and about 2.3 million displaced since it started its violent campaign in 2009.

    Children have been particularly targeted by Boko Haram and have often been the victims of sexual abuse, forced marriage, and abductions.

     March calls for return of Nigeria schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram

    SOURCE: AP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    The US exaggerating and obsessing about foreign threats seems quite similar to what is happening in Russia.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months