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22 confirmed dead in suicide blast

The explosion was said to have been caused by two female suicide bombers who were disguised as men.

 

The casualty figure had earlier been put at 14 but has now been increased.

“This morning just before prayers two women disguised as men came by the mosque,” a source at the Borno State Emergency Management Agency told AFP.

“One of them went in and joined the first row of the congregation and when the worshippers stood up for the prayers she detonated her explosives, killing several worshippers.

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“While the others were trying to flee, the second woman who stood outside the mosque rushed in and set off her explosives in their midst. Rescue is still ongoing but so far 22 people have been confirmed dead and 35 others injured,” the source added.

The explosion occurred in Umarari Village along the Biu-Maiduguri highway and is the first to be recorded in Borno since the blast which occurred at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Dikwa on February 9, 2016, and left more than 60 people dead.

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