Tuesday 21st of November 2017 witnessed the biggest mass killing of the year after a suicide bomber killed at least 50 people at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria in a region facing an insurgency by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram.
Abubakar Othman, a police spokesman in Adamawa state, said the death toll from the attack in the town of Mubi is 50 people, but “there could be more as those seriously injured could add to the figure”.
— The Trent (@TheTrentOnline) November 21, 2017
Boko Haram militants held territory in Adamawa in 2014, although the insurgents were pushed out of those areas by troops in early 2015.
The group typically mounts suicide attacks in crowded public places such as mosques and markets.
— حسن سجواني 🇦🇪 (@HSajwanization) November 21, 2017
Tuesday’s attack is the highest death toll since 56 people were killed in the same state last December, when two schoolgirl suicide bombers killed 56 people and wounded dozens more in a coordinated attack on a crowded market.
Boko Haram has waged an insurgency in northeast Nigeria since 2009 in its attempt to create an Islamic state in the region, killing more than 20,000 and forcing around 2 million people to flee their homes.
Blood flows as Boko Haram strike again, killing dozens in Mubi Mosque Adamawa. You wont hear it from corrupt Nigeria media nor Nigeria government . God please free #Biafra from this wicked contraption called Nigeria that has no respect for the sanctity of life. RIP the departed pic.twitter.com/RS4nQv5r7t
— Emeka Gift (@EmekaGift) November 21, 2017
Most attacks by the group focus on Borno state, the birthplace of the insurgency. The group held a swathe of land around the size of Belgium in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states until early 2015 but were forced out by Nigeria’s army backed by troops from neighbouring countries.