The explosion at a mosque in Nigeria killed 30 people

Nigeria maintains Boko Haram is a spent force but its continued attacks underline the lingering threat particularly to civilians. By Stefan HEUNIS

Police said the blast in the town of Mubi, which bore similarities to other Boko Haram attacks, was triggered by a 17-year-old bomber who mingled with worshipers in the mosque shortly after morning prayers.

It was the biggest attack in Adamawa since December 2016, when two female suicide bombers killed 45 people at a crowded market in the town of Madagali.

"This is obviously the work of Boko Haram". The group held land around the size of Belgium in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states until early 2015 but was forced out by Nigeria's army and troops from neighbouring countries.

Mubi is located in the northeastern region of Adamawa, which lies next to neighboring Borno states, where the jihadi group Boko Haram is based.

Adamawa police spokesman, Othman Abubakar while confirming the incident claimed that more than 30 persons lost their lives in the early dawn Mosque attacks.

It mainly attacks military forces after quietly building up its strength over the past year.




Yan St-Pierre, a counter-terrorism specialist at the Modern Security Consulting Group in Berlin, said the bombing fitted a pattern of previous attacks.

He added that, "Boko Haram must immediately stop the targeting of civilians and must be held accountable for all the atrocities it has committed, including the use of children for suicide missions".

He said, "This wanton and deliberate targeting of civilians must end".

There have been repeated raids and suicide bombings, blamed on Boko Haram remnants pushed out of their camps in the Sambisa Forest.

He said, "Today's attack appears to be yet another example of Boko Haram's continued unlawful disregard for human life".

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