24 killed by Boko Haram in Mubi mosque this afternoon


The explosions took place around a mosque as Muslims were preparing for prayers
Police in the region suspect the Islamist group Boko Haram of being behind the attacks
Boko Haram has waged a campaign of violence to create an ISIS in Nigeria
MUBI, Nigeria – Separate suicide bomb blasts struck Nigeria’s Mubi town, which is in the north-east part of the country.

The explosions are said to have taken place in and around a mosque as Muslims in the town were preparing for afternoon prayers.

Abdullahi Yerima, the State police commissioner said that the first blast took place at the mosque at about 13:00 (12:00 GMT) and a second bomber detonated a device nearby as worshippers fled.

At least 24 people are reported to have been killed in the suicide bomb blasts and the police in Adamawa state have said that they suspect the Islamist group Boko Haram of being behind the attacks.

For several years now, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of violence to try to create an Islamic state in the north of Nigeria.

Since 2009, the violence has killed about 30,000 people and displaced over two million.

Yerima added that over a dozen people were injured in the attack.

Boko Haram has regularly targeted Mubi town and held territory in Adamawa state in 2014 before being pushed out by troops in early 2015.

In November last year, over 50 people were killed after suspected militants detonated a suicide bomb inside a mosque in the same town.

More recently on Thursday, the jihadist group carried out an attack in Maiduguri, capital of neighboring Borno state, that killed four people.

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In the run-up to a national election next year, insecurity has become a politically charged subject.

In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari took office with a promise to end Boko Haram’s push to create an Islamic state in the northeast.

Now, Buhari has said that he wants to contest in the upcoming national election.

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