A s*****e bomber targeting worshippers at a mosque in a
remote village killed five people and wounded dozens, a
security source said on Saturday.
The source, who declined to be named, said Muslims in the
village of Kandahar, Borno state, were observing Friday
prayers when the pick-up truck approached.
A local vigilante group stopped the truck to inspect it and the
bomber then detonated the bomb a few metres away from the
mosque, he said. There was no immediate claim of
responsibility, but Boko Haram is likely to be the prime
In a separate attack, also on Friday evening, insurgents fired
on a military base in the northeastern town of Damboa with
rocket-propelled grenades, Gideon Jubrin, police spokesman
for Borno state, said. He had no
information on casualties.
Another security source said the raid was a revenge mission
after dozens of Boko Haram militants were killed in an air
and ground offensive on two of their camps in areas of Borno
called Yejiwa and Alagarno.
Witness Mohammadu Sheriff, speaking of the attack in the
village of Konduga, said he had seen the vigilantes
conducting checks on a pick-up van carrying firewood.
“Suddenly it exploded,” he told Reuters by phone. “It would
have been more devastating if the bomber had succeeded in
driving near the mosque, which had over a thousand people