About eight people were reportedly killed and fifteen others injured in the early hours of Monday when a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives at a mosque in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria.
Speaking on the incident, the head of Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Ahmed Satomi, stated that the explosion occurred about 5:30am in the London Ciki area of Maiduguri.
He told a foreign news agency that, “She killed eight people and injured 15 others. The mosque was being guarded by civilian JTF (joint task force militia) during prayers.
“Unknown to them, the girl was being pursued from another part of town by residents who were suspicious of her movement at the time.
“When she approached the mosque, they demanded that she stop to be searched but she suddenly bolted into the mosque and set off her bombs.”
He added that three other female suicide bombers were located in Maiduguri at about the same time; two were killed in the Mammanti area as they tried to cross the ditch around the city perimeter while another set off her explosives in the suburb of Simari.
This attack follows similar attacks just last week, when about 19 people were killed and 23 others injured after four women detonated their explosives in the Molai Kolemari area of the city.
Boko Haram has continued to deploy suicide bombers across the northeast especially in Maiduguri, where it had long perpetrated its most devastating attacks.
Counter-insurgency experts have observed that this strategy of hitting “soft targets” was its way of adapting to losses in the battlefield.
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