Death toll in Maiduguri mosque bombings rises to 25
The death toll in the suicide attacks by female bombers on a mosque in Umarari village on the outskirt of Maiduguri, has risen to 25, an official of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.
The attacks occurred in the early hours of Wednesday.
Nigerian Army spokesman Sani Usman said the first attack targeted a mosque, while the second blast occurred about 50 metres away, a few minutes later.
“Twenty-two people died immediately following the blast and three others died later in the hospital, bringing the total number of deaths to 25,” Mohammed Kanar, the northeast coordinator of NEMA said.
“This is apart from the two suicide bombers who also died,” he said on local television.
Kanar said NEMA has begun to provide relief materials to the families of those affected by Wednesday’s attack.
A witnessed stated that the suicide bombers disguised themselves as men when they entered the mosque for early morning prayer.