Maiduguri the Borno state capital has today woken up to yet another day of horror as suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber attacked another mosque in the troubled city, killing at least a dozen and injured many others, security sources and witnesses said.
The attack occurred in Jiddari Polo area of Maiduguri in a small community mosque located behind the Federal High Court complex.
Those living close to the area said the blast went off at exactly 5:05am during the early Muslim morning prayer.
A civilian JTF operative, who spoke anonymously from the scene of the incident confirmed that “so far, we have evacuated 18 bodies to the hospital alongside many injured ones that are almost lifeless”.
“It was a lone male suicide bomber even though we all heard two explosions”, he said.
Details of casualties are still sketchy as security officials have cordoned off the area while rescue and aid workers tried to evacuate corpses and injured victims.
The commander and elder of the CIVILIAN-JTF, Abba Khalifa, also confirmed the attack, but was not forthcoming with details as he said “sorry, we are still working trying to convey survivors to the hospital; I will get back to you on the details later”.
Mosques have become main targets of the Boko Haram since May this year when Boko stepped up its suicide attacks using young girls, women and men.
While the females are often deployed to the open places like markets and bus stations, the males are deployed to attack worshippers during prayer sessions.