Nigeria: Mosque blast in Borno state kills 7 worshippers

The blast at a mosque in Borno state's Maiduguri city took place during early morning prayers

Nigeria: Mosque blast in Borno state kills 7 worshippers

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least seven worshippers were killed and 16 others were injured in a suspected suicide attack on a mosque during early morning prayers in Nigeria's Borno state Friday, Nigerian relief agency said.

The incident took place in Maiduguri city’s Jiddari-Polo area, spokesman of the youth vigilante Civilian JTF, Jubrin Gumda, said.

While Gumda put the toll at 11 people dead, the National Emergency Management Agency said that seven people were killed.

"We now have seven deaths as of a few minutes ago. Initially it was six but one of the people who sustained injuries later died. So, we have 16 people still being treated," Mohammed Kanar, National Emergency Management Agency coordinator, told Anadolu Agency via phone.

He termed the reports claiming that casualties had risen to 18 as "mere exaggeration".

There have been several attacks on mosques in Borno state. At least 14 people were killed in suspected suicide attacks targeting two mosques in Nigeria's northeast Borno state on October 16.

Boko Haram has emerged as a serious threat in Nigeria. More than 1,700 people have been killed since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari took office on May 29, according to an Oct. 7 report from the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law. Since then, more than 100 have died in suicide bombings in Borno and Yobe states.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ekim 2015, 15:42