[Updated] Suicide bombers hit Maiduguri mosque, kill eight


Eight people were killed on Monday
when a female suicide bomber
detonated her explosives at a mosque
in northeast Nigeria , in the latest
attack in the restive region .
The head of the Borno state emergency
management agency , Ahmed Satomi,
said the blast happened at about 5 : 30
am (0430 GMT ) in the London Ciki
area of Maiduguri, which has been at
the epicentre of Boko Haram violence
since 2009 .
“ She killed eight people and injured 15
others. The mosque was being guarded
by civilian JTF (joint task force militia )
during prayers ,” he told AFP.
“ 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.”
Three other female suicide bombers
were located in Maiduguri at about the
same time , said Satomi.
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, he added.
It is the second time in a week that
four female suicide bombers have
sought to cause carnage in Maiduguri.
Last Monday, at least 19 people were
killed and 23 others injured when four
women set off their bombs in the
Molai Kolemari area of the city.
Boko Haram has increasingly used
women and young girls as human
bombs as they have been forced out of
captured territory due to a sustained
military counter- insurgency .
Maiduguri has been repeatedly
attacked in recent months, with
mosques, markets, camps for those
displaced by the conflict and other
civilian “ soft” targets hit regularly .

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