A suicide attack by a teenage boy after early morning prayers at a Mosque has claimed the lives of at least 30 persons in Mubi , Adamawa State.
According to the Adamawa State Police Command, the suicide attack occurred around 5 : 20am local time , at Kunu Araha, a suburb in Mubi North.
It was allegedly triggered by a yet to be identified teenage boy who set off the suicide vest he was wearing.
Adamawa police spokesman , Othman Abubakar , who confirmed the incident , said more than 30 persons lost their lives in the dawn Mosque attack .
“ We were made to understand that there was a bomb blast at a mosque in Mubi and over 30 lives were lost . A boy about 17-year – old wearing a suicide vest entered the mosque along with other worshippers . Immediately after the prayers , he detonated the bomb . Many of the wounded are receiving treatment at various hospitals in Mubi North where the attacks occurred around Kunu Araha area ” he said .
He noted that several other persons wounded in the attacks are receiving medical attention at various medical hospitals in Mubi Town .
However , emergency aid workers and other first responders put the death toll in the attack at 40.
An official working with the International Rescue Committee , Emma Adasolid , among the first responders at the scene said about 40 dead bodies were evacuated .
Reports also estimated that at least 50 people may have died in the attack .
Asked who was responsible , Abubakar in an AFP report said , “ We all know the trend. We don’ t suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks. ”
The attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram , the Islamist militants whose insurgency has left at least 20, 000 people dead and more than 2 . 6 million others homeless since 2009.