Boko Haram killed five people yesterday in a suicide attack at a mosque in Maiduguri in northern Nigeria. From Reuters:
The blast narrowly missed the deputy governor of Borno state, Zanna Umar Mustapha, and Borno’s Shehu (regional religious leader), Abubakar Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, who were attending Friday prayers.
“The suicide bomber was about 15 years old … Fortunately we both escaped unhurt,” Mustapha told reporters.
Six people were also injured in the attack, military spokesman Sagir Musa told reporters.
Boko Haram, which has been linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Shabaab in Somalia, has killed hundreds in Christians in suicide and conventional attacks on churches over the past several years [see Threat Matrix report, Boko Haram suicide bombers target Nigerian churches]. But their attacks have not been confined to Christians; the Islamist terror group has also targeted Muslim leaders who are viewed as a threat.
Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD’s Long War Journal.