Scores of worshippers have been killed by two suicide bombers who attacked a mosque on Thursday in Maiduguri. According to an eyewitness, Ahmadu Marte, who is a member of the vigilante group supporting the fight against the insurgents, one of the attackers had set off the first blast when he entered the mosque before the second bomber detonated his explosives soon after people had rushed to the scene to help the first victims.
"When rescuers and sympathizers gathered in front of the place, the second one went off, killing many of them.
"We counted 42 dead bodies outside the mosque," he said.
Borno state police has confirmed that the mosque was hit by a twin bombing but claimed only 14 lives were lost.
"Following the explosions, the mosque collapsed and injured many people praying”, the police said in a statement.
"Casualties have been evacuated to UMTH (University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital) and specialist hospitals in Maiduguri," it added.
The blasts occurred around 6:30pm in Molai, Maiduguri, where worshippers had gathered for evening prayers. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but Boko Haram remains the prime suspect for the attacks.