16 pople killed in suicide bomber that hits mosque in northern Nigeria 


May 31, Abuja: At least 16 people have been killed and dozens other wounded in a suicide bomb blast at a mosque in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, after a night-time attack blamed on Boko Haram fighters on the outskirts of the city, police say.

The attacks came hours after Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as new president. He has vowed decisive action against Boko Haram.

The bomber blew himself inside the Alhaji Haruna mosque next to the Monday Market just after afternoon prayers began, Borno police chief Aderemi Opadokun and witnesses said.

“The roof was blown off and fire destroyed the mats and a few Qurans,” market trader Nura Khalid told the AFP news agency.

Buhari condemned the attack in a statement and vowed to take action against those responsible.

In recent years, the militants have killed thousands of people – mostly in north-eastern Nigeria – in its attempt to set up an Islamic state.

So far, no group has said it carried out Saturday’s suicide bombing.

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