Blast kills at least 24 in northeast Nigeria: police

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At least 24 people have been killed in a double suicide attack on a mosque and a market in northeast Nigeria, police say. 

More than a dozen were hurt in the explosions in the town of Mubi on Tuesday.

Abdullahi Yerima, police commissioner in Adamawa state, said a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the mosque at about 1pm (12:00 GMT) and a second bomber exploded a device 200 metres away as worshippers fled, Reuters news agency reported.

Residents said they saw a young man wearing a suicide vest entering the mosque with the worshippers. One resident said the mosque’s roof was blown off.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the blasts bore the hallmarks of the armed Boko Haram group, which has waged a deadly campaign of violence in Africa’s most populous country since 2009, and often deploys suicide bombers in crowded places.

More than 20,000 people have been killed in the insurgency, which has also forced some two million to flee their homes.

Boko Haram held territory in Adamawa state in 2014, but troops pushed the group out in early 2015 and Mubi was relatively peaceful until a suicide bomb attack in November 2017 that killed 50 people.

Insecurity has become a politically charged subject in the run-up to a national election next year that President Muhammadu Buhari – who took office in 2015 with a promise to end Boko Haram’s push to create an Islamic state in the northeast – has said he wants to contest.

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