The spate of suicide bombings that had gripped North Eastern Nigeria, especially Borno State, continued on Monday as reports just emerging showed that no fewer than five people were killed on Monday morning when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque.
The leader of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Ajiri Yala, some 15 kilometres north of Maiduguri, said the attack happened at about 4:30 am
“A male suicide bomber disguised as a worshipper entered the mosque while people were gathering for the morning prayers,” he said.
“He detonated his explosives. He killed five people and injured several others, ” he added.
On Sunday, a CJTF member manning a checkpoint in the Muna area of Maiduguri was killed and another injured when two women strapped with explosives blew themselves up.
Also, 14 people were killed when three women detonated their explosives near the Muna Garage camp, which is home to tens of thousands of people made homeless by the violence.
The United Nations warned recently that attack against internally displaced people (IDPs) in camps across the region “continue to be a major concern”.
A former local government area Chairman, Maina Ularamu, said there were two blasts in Dar village on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
“Our suspicion is that they intended to attack the church, which is located inside the primary school about 100 metres away from the scene of the explosion,” he said.
Ularamu said locals suspected the two women had come to Dar from the Sambisa Forest, in neighbouring Borno, where Boko Haram was known to have bases.
The military said earlier this year it had retaken control of the former national park but there are reports the militants have moved back in.
They are also known to have been holed up in the Mandara mountains that lie east of Madagali and form the border between Nigeria and Cameroon.
Last week, at least 15 soldiers were killed in a raid on a military camp north of Damaturu, which is the capital of Yobe State bordering Borno to the west.
A military source said troops who had since been on high alert on Saturday inflicted heavy losses on a large contingent of Boko Haram fighters near the Yobe village of Goniri.