Mubi, Nigeria — More than 50 people are dead after a teenage boy with connections to the Nigerian based terror group, Boko Haram walked into the Medina mosque and blew himself up. This was in the town of Mubi within Adamawa State of northeastern Nigeria.
Boko Haram is known as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) after their leader, Abubakar Shekau, pledged his jihadists to al-Baghdadi and his Islamic State caliphate. Boko Haram has re-emerged in the Lake Chad basin tri-border regions of Chad, Nigeria and Niger after all but being wiped out by Nigerian Army, along with a local militia known as the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) of Maiduguri, when they conducted a full-on assault against what Nigerian intelligence called “Camp Zairo” in December 2016.
The terror group switched tactics upon its return to the region and began using women and children, one of which was as young as five, to carry out suicide bombing attacks all throughout the northeastern region of Nigeria. This latest attack is now being reported as the worst terrorist attack in Nigeria’s history with the death toll likely continuing to rise.
Local Mubi resident, Abubakar Sule, said in an interview with Agence-France-Presse (AFP) that he, “was there when the rescue was on and 40 people died on the spot and several others were taken to hospital with severe and life-threatening injuries. The roof was blown off. People near the mosque said the prayer was mid-way when the bomber, who was obviously in the congregation, detonated his explosives.”
When asked if he felt the terror group Boko Haram was responsible, Sule concluded his interview with AFP by saying, “We all know the trend. We don’t suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks.”
Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesperson and northeastern Nigeria coordinator, Bashir Garga, made this statement in regards to the Mubi attack:
A boy of about 17-years-old, wearing a suicide vest entered the mosque along with other worshipers immediately after the prayers and detonated the bomb. Besides the eight (injured) transferred, others, wounded are receiving treatment at various hospitals in Mubi North.”
Rescue and medical response teams are enroute to Mubi from the Adamawa State capitol of Yola. However, the trip is expected to take several hours as the 120 mile trek will be on unimproved back roads and, according to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), “[Emergency teams] have to drive for four hours to treat the injured because the hospitals in Mubi are not fully equipped to deal with the situation.”
This is a fluid situation and SOFREP will continue to track and update this story as new information comes.
Featured image courtesy of the Associated Press