Dozens of people have been killed in attacks on mosques in northeastern Nigeria, the epicenter of an Islamist insurgency.
At least 18 people were killed and 20 injured in a suicide bombing on Friday morning at a mosque in Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno state, Hassan Ibrahim, a youth vigilante, said by phone. The lone attacker mixed with worshipers at the mosque near the Federal High Court in the city, Ibrahim said.
Hours later, an attack on the Jimeta mosque in Adamawa state left 27 people dead, National Emergency Management Agency official Sa’ad Bello said by phone. More than 90 others were injured, he said.
Boko Haram militants, seeking to impose their version of Islamic law on Africa’s most populous country of about 180 million people, have stepped up suicide attacks since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a military offensive to defeat the insurgents by the end of the year.
The group has killed tens of thousands of people since it began its campaign of violence in 2009.