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50 killed in suicide bomb attack on mosque in Nigeria

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At least 50 people were killed on Tuesday in a suicide bomb attack at a mosque in northern Nigeria, police told CNN.

The attack happened in the town of Mubi in Adamawa State as worshipers were gathering for the "fajr" dawn prayer around 5:20 a.m. local time, Othman Abubakar, a police spokesman said.
The bomber was about 17 years old, Abubakar added. Many more people were injured and taken to nearby hospitals.

Police spokesman Othman Abubakar said the young man detonated his explosives while mingling among the worshippers.

Ahmed Musa, chairman of Mubi council, said dozens of people had been injured but the exact number of casualties was not yet known as the wounded had been dispersed among several different hospitals.

Boko Haram militants held territory in Adamawa in 2014 but they were pushed out by Nigeria's army backed by troops from neighbouring countries in early 2015. 

Tuesday's attack bears all the hallmarks of the terrorist group, whose modus operandi has been attacks on mosques and markets to inflict maximum damage. 

Boko Haram has also increasingly been using teenagers or young women as bombers, many of whom have been abducted. 

Since 2009, Boko Haram has waged an insurgency in northeast Nigeria in its attempt to create an Islamic state in the region, killing more than 20,000 and forcing around two million people to flee their homes.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari's claimed late last year that the extremist group had been "crushed". 

Credit: CNN/ Independent UK