Five dead in sui­cide bomb blast in Nige­ria mosque

Boko Haram rarely claims re­spon­si­bil­ity for such at­tacks, but hit fits its modus operandi

Gulf News - - Australia / Africa -

At least five peo­ple were killed yes­ter­day when a sui­cide bomber blew him­self up in­side a mosque in north­east­ern Nige­ria, a mili­tia mem­ber as­sist­ing the mil­i­tary against the Boko Haram group said.

The leader of the Civil­ian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Ajiri Yala, some 15 kilo­me­tres north of Maiduguri, said the at­tack hap­pened at about 4.30am (0330 GMT).

“A male sui­cide bomber dis­guised as a wor­ship­per en­tered the mosque while peo­ple were gath­er­ing for the morn­ing prayers,” he said by tele­phone. “He det­o­nated his ex­plo­sives. He killed five peo­ple and in­jured sev­eral oth­ers.”

Boko Haram typ­i­cally never claims re­spon­si­bil­ity but has used sui­cide bomb­ing as a fre­quent tac­tic in its eightyear in­sur­gency to es­tab­lish a hard­line Is­lamic state. Mosques that do not as­cribe to its ex­trem­ist views are seen as le­git­i­mate tar­gets, as are peo­ple and places seen to be sup­port­ive of the sec­u­lar gov­ern­ment.

On Sun­day, a CJTF mem­ber man­ning a check­point in the Muna area of Maiduguri was killed and another in­jured when two women strapped with ex­plo­sives blew them­selves up.

Ex­plo­sion in camp

A week ear­lier, 14 peo­ple were killed when three women det­o­nated their ex­plo­sives near the Muna Garage camp, which is home to tens of thou­sands of peo­ple made home­less by the vi­o­lence.

But Boko Haram also poses a threat to the mil­i­tary, de­spite gov­ern­ment claims the group has been weak­ened to the point of de­feat by a sus­tained counter-in­sur­gency.

Last week, at least 15 sol­diers were killed in a raid on a mil­i­tary camp north of Da­maturu, the cap­i­tal of Yobe state bor­der­ing Borno.

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