Report reaching our news desks now says a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Umarari Village, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, early this morning, killing at least 22 worshippers and leaving several others injured.
BuzzNigeria gathered that the blast rocked the Mosque shortly after prayers began. Umarari, which is about 5km south of Maiduguri, the northeast Nigeria city, is where the Boko Haram insurgency began.
A Civilian-JTF official, Alhaji Danbatta, who confirmed the attack, said that at least 14 persons are dead and about 21 other persons were injured in the blast.
“The bomb attack occurred this morning in Umarari village, just after Mulai Leprosy Hospital, outside Maiduguri, along the Biu-Maiduguri highway.
“It was a suicide attack: the bomber sneaked in while the worshippers were observing the morning congregational prayer.”
Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the Boko Haram terrorist group is largely suspected to be responsible.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, had said on Tuesday March 15, that he was confident that Boko Haram will be eliminated in Nigeria, as troops fighting insurgents in the northeast are doing so with utmost commitment and renewed.
Speaking at the office of the Oyo State Governor during his one-day familiarization tour of the Two Division of Nigerian Army, Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, Odogbo in Ibadan, Tukur said the Nigerian army is committed to ending the fight against the insurgents soon, not minding that the fight may seem unending to many Nigerians who have had to cope with the consequences of the terrorist group.
“Terrorism is a global phenomenon. It may seem unending but I want to assure you that here in Nigeria, we are working hard to ensure that the Boko Haram terrorists are completely eliminated. We still have some remnants of them but we are closing up and clearing them by the day.”
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