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Blasts kill around 20 in northeast Nigeria's Mubi - Adamawa police commissioner

02 May 2018

The first bomb is reported to have been gone off at the Mubi market mosque, killing worshippers; while the second bomb detonated around the second hand clothing section of the market, approximately 200 kilometers away from the mosque.

Daily Sun gathered that the bomb blast is said to have gone off at around 1 p.m. Tuesday as the muslim faithful were getting ready for afternoon prayers.

"I took part in the burial of 68 people".

The official added that security personnel had cordoned off the scenes of the attack.

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Earlier police said about 24 people had been killed and more than a dozen were hurt. "Immediately after the prayers, he detonated the bomb", he said. Many worshipers at the mosque were reportedly caught in the second blast while they were trying to flee.

"The mosque's roof was blown off".

Haruna Furo, also confirmed the blast. "This is obviously the work of Boko Haram", he said. "Nobody can tell you the number of dead and injured for now".

For several years now, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of violence to try to create an Islamic state in the north of Nigeria.

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The attack in Mubi town came a day after President Muhammadu Buhari met with US President Donald Trump at the White House and discussed the threat from the Nigeria-based Boko Haram extremist group.

In October 2012, at least 40 people were killed in an attack on student housing in Mubi that was widely blamed on Boko Haram.

There have been repeated suicide bombings in the area, which lies close to the Sambisa Forest in Borno where the militants had a base.

Boko Haram's insurgency in Nigeria has left at least 20,000 dead since 2009.

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Blasts kill around 20 in northeast Nigeria's Mubi - Adamawa police commissioner