Abuja: Dozens of worshipers were killed Thursday when suicide bombers blew themselves up in a mosque in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri. “All the people in the mosque died. Not a single one escaped,” said Muhtari Ahmadu, a trader near the scene. The suicide bomber came to the mosque disguised as worshipper.
“We counted 42 dead bodies outside the mosque. Most of them are sympathizers and a few are our members who went to help,” vigilante Amadu Marte said. The blasts went off around 6.30pm (1730 GMT) in Molai, in the western suburbs of Maiduguri, where worshipers had gathered for evening prayers, the witnesses said.
“The mosque can accommodate at least 40 people at a time but I don’t know whether many people were inside at the time of the incident,” local, said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but suspicion fell on Boko Haram, which was founded in Maiduguri in 2009.