Just two days into the presidency of President Muhammadu Buhari, terrorists troubling the country’s Northeast have reminded him of their existence and the need to wipe them. Sadly, 26 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack and 28 others were injured.
The attack was reportedly perpetrated by a suicide bomber who sneaked into a mosque along Ali Kotoko Road, near Monday Market in Maiduguri, Borno State capital when the afternoon prayers were being said.
According to Modu Fugu of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), the explosion occurred when the prayer session was about to commence.
“We were terrified by the loud explosion that rocked the mosque near bicycle sellers market and other shops when the prayer session was cut and worshippers fled to safety. But many were killed and scores injured,” Fugu stated.
Borno State Police Command confirmed the mosque blast, but said it was yet to get the casualty figure. The Red Cross and volunteers were reportedly involved in the rescue operation.
Although no group has taken responsibility for the attack, Boko Haram is suspected to have perpetrated it. The Islamist sect has been terrorizing Nigeria since 2009, killing over 10,000 people and displacing millions.