Nigeria police say at least 20 killed in mosque bombing

Pauline Gross
November 22, 2017

The group is based in neighboring Borno state and has been blamed for scores of similar attacks over the years.

According to police spokesman Othman Abubakar, the young perpetrator detonated the explosives while mingling among the crowds of worshippers.

He said since 2010 Amnesty International has been documenting human rights abuses and serious violations of international humanitarian law by Boko Haram that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

"Seven Boko Haram on two motorbikes met them and slaughtered two, then killed the other four".

The latest Global Terrorism Index, published last week, said that deaths attributed to Boko Haram in 2016 fell by 80 percent.

There was no immediate comment from Nigeria's government or military on the attack.

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Mohammed Asheik, from the Civilian Joint Task Force assisting the military with security in the northeast, said: "Our people went to the farm to work.

All parties to the ongoing conflict in northeast Nigeria, including Boko Haram, are bound by the rules of global humanitarian law, which explicitly prohibits any direct attacks against civilians and civilian objects".

There have been repeated raids and suicide bombings, blamed on Boko Haram remnants pushed out of their camps in the Sambisa Forest.

No-one has said they were behind the bombing but the Islamist militants Boko Haram typically target crowded places in northern Nigeria.

Boko Haram held territory in Adamawa state in 2014.

"It appears that despite open calls for Boko Haram to desist in such acts of mass violence against Muslim civilian interests, that these have not been heeded", he added.

Other reports by GizPress

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