At least fourteen worshippers were killed Wednesday when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque on Nigeria’s border with Cameroon in Borno state.
The suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber blew himself up amid worshippers inside the mosque in Gamboru around 5:00 am shortly before morning prayers.
“Fourteen bodies have been pulled out of the rubble,” said Umar Kachalla, a civilian militiaman, who said the mosque had been completely destroyed.
“Only the muezzin has survived and we believe more bodies are buried under the debris,” said Kachalla. “The death toll may likely rise.”
An hour earlier, a patrol of vigilantes spotted four suspected suicide bombers on the outskirts of the town and arrested one of them after a chase, said a second vigilante, Shehu Mada.
“Two of them turned back and fled while the fourth disappeared into the darkness and we believe it was he who attacked the mosque,” Mada said.
On Tuesday Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video message claiming a series of attacks in the northeast including those in Gamboru.
On the night of 5-6 May 2014, Boko Haram militants attacked the twin towns of Gamboru and Ngala killing over 310 residents in a 12 hour attack with hundreds of villagers fleeing into Cameroon.