A suicide bomber has attacked a mosque in Dalori quarters, close to the University of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, few weeks after a similar attack in a mosque inside the university led to the death of a professor of Veterinary medicine.
The attack was carried out on Tuesday morning by a young person who authorities say should be between the ages of 8 and 10 years.
The bomber was said to have detonated the explosive at the fence to the mosque because there were security vigilantes at the entrance to the worship centre.
Two persons, including the attacker, died in the incident.
Spokesman of the North-East zone of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Ibrahim Abdulkadir, told reporters that “The body of the bomber was so mangled and shredded that only health personnel or experts could determine whether it is that of a boy or a girl.”
“Our role is to evacuate the bodies from the scene which we have done,” he said.
Suicide bombings at vulnerable places like worship centres, markets, and bus parks has in recent times become regular occurrences, despite the claims by the Nigerian military that the Boko Haram terrorist group has been largely decimated.
There have also been reports of attacks on military formations and villages in Borno state by the insurgents.
Only last Saturday, the terrorists reportedly attacked a convoy of travelers along the newly opened Maiduguri-Biu highway, killing several people, and carting away food items.
Three days before that, the Boko Haram sect attempted to attack a military base in Kamaya Village near Buratai town, but were repelled by the Nigerian army who inflicted heavy casualty on the fighters.
Similarly, the case of the accidental bombing of an Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camp in Rann Community is still fresh in the minds of Nigerians.
A Nigerian Air Force jet fighter had mistakenly dropped two bombs on the IDP camp as the military were trying to repel a Boko Haram attack, killing over 200 people and injuring many others.