At least eight people are feared dead after a suicide bomber believed to be a member of the Boko Haram group attacked a mosque in Borno State, north-east Nigeria.
This was disclosed by a civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) member, Ibrahim Liman, who said the insurgent attacked the mosque located in the Mainari area of Konduga, in the early hours of Monday.
“The male bomber walked into the mosque at about 5:15 am (0415 GMT) while prayers were on and exploded, killing eight worshippers and injuring five others.
“Seven of the victims died in the mosque while another died on the way to (the Borno State capital) Maiduguri,” he said.
Umar Goni, who lives in Konduga, told AFP that he was on his way to the mosque when the blast occurred and he helped to rescue victims with members of the civilian volunteer force.
“We pulled out seven dead bodies and six injured worshippers. One of the six injured died on the way to hospital.
“The bomber was disguised as a worshipper,” he said, adding: “There was no way anybody could have known his mission.”
There have been renewed attacks by the Jihadist group in the north-east targeting “soft” civilian targets such as mosques, markets and bus stations.
This is in addition to a number of attacks on military convoys and bases in Borno and neighbouring Yobe state.