B/Haram at­tacks mosque dur­ing prayers in Maiduguri

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Shehu Abubakar, Maiduguri

A sui­cide bomber yesterday at­tacked a mosque along Dam­boa road in Mo­lai vil­lage, eight kilo­me­tres from Maiduguri, killing many wor­ship­pers and leav­ing many in­jured, a lo­cal of­fi­cial said.

The of­fi­cial who pleaded anonymity said the bomber joined wor­ship­pers at the vil­lage mosque for the evening prayers and det­o­nated the ex­plo­sive when the prayer ses­sion was about to start.

“All the wor­ship­pers in the mosque died with him. Some­one around the mosque area ran to tell me. Oth­ers en­tered the mosque to re­move the corpses when the sec­ond bomb went off, killing those on res­cue mis­sion.

“I had to quickly go back home. But I saw two vic­tims of the sec­ond blast be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal in Mo­lai. There is still heavy mil­i­tary pres­ence in Mo­lai. You know it is the last point from Maiduguri along the road to Dam­boa.

“The mil­i­tary are pre­vent­ing peo­ple from go­ing be­yond Mo­lai to­wards Dam­boa be­cause af­ter Mo­lai, what you have is a sec­tion of the Sam­bisa for­est be­ing oc­cu­pied by the in­sur­gents,” he said.

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