Nigeria police say at least 20 killed in mosque bombing

Nigeria police say at least 20 killed in mosque bombing

Nigeria police say at least 20 killed in mosque bombing

A police official said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vest inside the mosque in Mubi town in Adamawa state, reports Xinhua news agency.

It is thought to be the biggest mass killing in the country this year and is expected to be claimed by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Given the seriousness of the injuries, the death toll was expected to rise, he said.

Adamawa - along with Borno and Yobe states - has been under state of emergency for years due to violence.

"It fits with the increasing lethality and potency of suicide attacks of the organization's current "hot streak", which started approximately four weeks ago", counterterrorism specialist Yan St-Pierre said.

Yet in recent months, Boko Haram activity has been concentrated around Madagali, in the far north of Adamawa near the border with neighbouring Borno state.

But St-Pierre said despite this "Boko Haram remains an extremely potent and unsafe organisation" which was far from being "on the back foot", as the military has claimed.

This could also explain two videos put out on social media by Boko Haram in the last week, purporting to show its fighters in combat and dead Nigerian soldiers, he added.

"They are feeling the heat".

ReutersAdamawa state in northeastern Nigeria have now been liberated from Boko Haram by government forces, but many buildings, homes, churches and schools have been destroyed and sporadic attacks continue. During the occupation, the town's name was changed temporarily to Madinatul Islam, or "City of Islam" in Arabic. The extremists' offensive has also spilled over into neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

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