20 killed in northeast Nigeria mosque blasts

Bomb reportedly explodes inside mosque in Adamawa

Explosions in and around a mosque in north-east Nigeria killed at least 24 people on Tuesday (May 1), police said.

The attacks were probably carried out by members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has waged a violent campaign to impose its version of Islamic law since 2009.

Dozens of others reportedly were injured in the midday explosions.

"People were heading to the mosque for prayers when the suicide bomber struck", said the official who preferred to be anonymous.

Boko Haram has regularly targeted Mubi town and held territory in Adamawa state in 2014 before being pushed out by troops in early 2015.

A resident, Muhammad Hamidu, said: "I took part in the burial of 68 people".

Hospital workers told BBC that the toll could rise, and that several people were injured.

The Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Agency, Mr Haruna Furo also confirmed the blast but said there was no details for now.

This is the second attack at a mosque in Mubi in six months, AP reported.

The sale of the aircraft was previously blocked by the Obama administration after the Nigerian air force mistakenly bombed a camp for people displaced by Boko Haram, killing 112.

Mubi is a town in Adamawa North Senatorial Districts in Adamawa state, Northeast, Nigeria.

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