TERROR: Scores feared dead in Mubi twin bomb blasts

TERROR: Scores feared dead in Mubi twin bomb blasts

Kerry Wise
May 2, 2018

Sajoh said the blast occurred in Kasuwan Gwanjo (second hand clothes market) and a mosque within the market.

Residents said they saw a young man wearing a suicide vest entering the mosque with the worshippers.

Earlier, more than 50 armed people reportedly invaded the Mbadwen village in Benue State and burned it down, leaving at least 35 people killed.

The statement said that the 56 injured persons were on admission in hospital.

"The mosque's roof was blown off. This is obviously the work of Boko Haram", he said.

Haruna Hamman Furo, the head of the Adamawa state emergency management agency, described Tuesday's attack as "devastating".

"It was a twin-blast and the detail is sketchy but we are in touch with our partners of Red Cross and others that are helping now".

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Mubi is around 200 kilometres (124 miles) away from Maiduguri where last week's attack was the second in a month.

Separate suicide bomb blasts struck Nigeria's Mubi town, which is in the north-east part of the country.

It has been repeatedly targeted in deadly attacks blamed on Boko Haram since it was briefly overrun by the militant group in late 2014.

The insurgents changed the town's name to Madinatul Islam, or "City of Islam", during their occupation.

Suspicion for the attack immediately fell on Boko Haram, the jihadist group whose quest to establish a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria has left at least 20,000 dead since 2009.

Nigeria's government and military have long maintained that Daesh group affiliate is a spent force and on the verge of defeat.