44 people were killed while 47 sustained injuries in Jos, capital of Plateau state, when Boko Haram insurgents struck inside a mosque and a restaurant in the city, on Sunday.
According to TheCable, a resident of the town said that the attack happened around 9 pm while people were listening to Ramadan lecture inside a mosque.The main target in the mosque attack is believed to be Sani Yahya Jingir, an influential cleric who heads the Jama’atu Izalatul Bid’a WaIkamatu Sunnah, a powerful Islamic movement with millions of followers across Nigeria.
There was also a similar bomb blast incident which occurred barely 24hours after two blasts rocked Jos, also targeting Muslims who had just finished prayers as part of the Ramadan season.
According to reports by THEWILL, a female teenage suicide bomber detonated her IED just outside the mosque, after she was prevented from gaining access into it by a group of vigilant youths acting as guards, who were suspicious of her motive.
The blast killed her instantly and wounded others who have been transported to a local hospital. According to reports no one else was killed other than the teenager.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack which has the hallmark of the Boko Haram, a terrorist group operating mainly in northern Nigeria that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).
There was another suicide attack at a Redeemed Christian Church branch in Potiskum, Yobe State, Northeastern Nigeria, on Sunday, killed five persons including the pastor of the church.
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