Monday Morning Explosion Kills Many In Maiduguri Mosque

At least 20 persons were killed in a fresh explosion in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Monday morning, as residents gathered around a mosque.

The explosion sounded as residents speculated that a fleeing Boko Haram bomber abandoned an improvised explosive device in the area during Sunday night’s attack on the city.

A police officer, said the victims had gathered to investigate if a bomb was truly abandoned in the mosque.

“I have never seen such foolishness when people would go peeping into a mosque to find out if truly there was an explosive deposited in a place. But sadly, the bomb went off and over 20 persons were killed and many injured.”

But the account of Malam Suleiman, a primary school teacher in the area, was slightly different.
“The people normally sit down around the mosque in the morning,” he said. ”The place is like a meeting point where neighbours converge to relax.”

“After the morning prayers they just sat down outside the mosque as usual and then the bomb went off. It was not suicide bombing like that of last night. It may have been planted.

“Many people died but I can’t give actual figure of the casualties”.

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Boko Haram: Police Defuse Bomb at Maiduguri Mosque

THE Borno State Police Command Tuesday, said it had “intercepted and defused” a bomb planted at the Kano Motor Park by suspected Boko Haram terrorists. The act, according to police sources yesterday in Maiduguri, was effected by a Police Anti-Bomb Squad from the police headquarters.

Spokesman of the state police command, Gideon Jibrin, in a statement said that the bomb was uncovered on Friday during the Juma’at prayers at 1.35p.m.  “On December 5 at about 1330hrs, the attention of the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) operatives of the command and civilian JTF men on duty at the Kano Motor Park, Maiduguri, was drawn to a bunch of suspected Improvised Explosive Devices concealed in a receptacle and planted near the exit gate of the Juma’at mosque at the motor park,” he said.

According to him, the bomb was neutralised by the bomb disposal unit drafted to the scene, thereby preventing havoc on worshippers and travellers at the motor park.

Swiftly reacting to the bomb scare, the bomb disposal unit was promptly drafted to the scene where they found the IEDs ostensibly targeted at unsuspecting worshipers who were already in prayers.

He urged the general public to continue to be vigilant and alert the police and other security agencies to the activities of suspected persons, vehicles and objects for prompt action.

Credit: Nigerian Guardian News