A suicide bomber killed dozens of people and injured scores more outside a mosque in the Nigerian town of Mubi during Tuesday’s morning prayers. Local police put the initial death toll at 50 people.
According to police spokesman Othman Abubakar, the young perpetrator detonated the explosives while mingling among the crowds of worshippers.
Abubakar added that many of the injured were receiving treatment nearby. Given the seriousness of the injuries, the death toll was expected to rise, he said.
Mubi is located in the northeastern region of Adamawa, which lies next to neighboring Borno states, where the jihadi group Boko Haram is based.
Adamawa has been the scene of repeated attacks by insurgents in recent years. Boko Haram had even taken hold of the territory in 2014, but was pushed out by military troops the following year.
Since 2009, tens of thousands of people in Nigeria have died at the hands of Boko Haram, while an estimated 2.5 millions have also been forced to flee their homes. The extremists’ offensive has also spilled over into neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon. —Deutsche Welle