A suicide bomber have blown himself to smithereens and injured others in a mosque in Maiduguri, Bornu State capital. The suspected bomber tried gaining access to a mosque but detonated his explosive device inches away from the mosque.
Reports has it that there was infact two suicide bombers. One blew himself up; the other ran away with his device still strapped on him. Members of the local vigilante group, The Civilian JTF are currently combing the nook and cranies in the immediate locale in the hope of capturing the escaped suicide bomber.
An eyewithness on ground stated that “The suicide bomber who disguised as a worshiper attempted to enter the nearby Masalacin Kofar Shehu Councillor (mosque) when Muslim faithful were performing their morning prayers.
“But the IEDs he was carrying exploded few meters to the mosque leaving the suicide bomber dead with few others who were about to enter the mosque injured.
“immediately after the blast, worshippers had to desert the mosque for dear lives, before men of the Civilian JTF and military arrived the scene and cordon off the whole area, as I am speaking to you now, the charred body of the suicide bomber is scattered all over the place”.
Recall that in March, two female suicide bombers disguised as men blew themselves up at a mosque near the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing at least 22 people, the Nigerian military and rescuers on the scene said.
The attack happened during morning prayers at the mosque in the Molai area on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. The blasts happened minutes apart, the military said.
This particular mosque hit today by a suicide bomber was attacked in 2012 by Boko Haram terrorists. The attackers wielded AK 47 riffles and other dangerous weapons.
As at the time of filing this report, the whereabouts of the escaped suicide bomber is yet to be ascertained. However, security have cordoned off the area.