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Suicide Bomber Kills 50 In Mosque, Militiamen Slay 60 Herdsmen

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Yola / Abuja / Katsina – At least 50 worshippers were killed in a suicide bomb attack at Madina mosque in Dazala area of Mubi town in Adamawa on Tuesday.
According to eyewitnesses, the suspected suicide bomber carried out the attack about 5a.m during the Muslim early morning prayers in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, 125 miles from Adamawa State capital, Yola.
In a similar development, the Adamawa State Police Command on Tuesday said gunmen killed over 60 herdsmen in Kikan community of Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
Tuesday’s suicide attack at the Madina mosque was the biggest Boko Haram attack in Adamawa since December 2016, when two female suicide bombers killed 45 people at a crowded market in Madagali.
Adamawa Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Abubakar Othman, confirmed the death of 50 worshippers.
Othman said that a young boy was responsible for the blast.
“We have 50 dead and we are now trying to get the exact number of those injured,” Othman said.
“It was a (suicide) bomber who mingled with worshippers. He entered the mosque along with other worshippers for the morning prayers.
“It was when the prayers were on that he set off his explosives.”
Asked who was responsible, Othman said, “We all know the trend. We don’t suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks.”
The attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamist militants whose insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead and more than 2.6 million others homeless since 2009.
Haruna Furo, Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, and Musa Hamad Bello, chairman of the Mubi North Local Government Area, both confirmed the attack.
Abubakar Sule, who lives near the mosque, said he was present during the rescue operation and that more than 40 people died on the spot while several others were taken to hospital with severe and life-threatening injuries.
“The roof was blown off. People near the mosque said the prayer was mid-way when the bomber, who was obviously in the congregation, detonated his explosives.
“This is obviously the work of Boko Haram.”
In October 2012, at least 40 people were killed in an attack on student housing in Mubi that was widely blamed on Boko Haram.
In June 2014, at least 40 football supporters, including women and children, died in a bomb attack after a match in the Kabang area of the town.
Boko Haram briefly overran Mubi in late 2014 as its fighters rampaged across North East, seizing towns and villages in its quest to establish an Islamic state.
60 Herdsmen Killed In Numan, Many Missing
In a similar development, residents on Tuesday said militiamen in Kikan community of Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State killed over 60 herdsmen.
However, Adamawa State Police Command said only thirty were killed.
SP Abubakar Othman, the state Police Spokesman, told newsmen in Yola that the no arrests have been made but stressed that investigation is in progress aimed at fishing out the perpetrators.
According to Othman, those that lost their lives on the wee hours of Monday were mostly women and children.
However, sources within the community said the killing may not be unconnected with the ultimatum given to Fulani herdsmen by the host community to vacate their ancestral area due to their alleged uncompromising behaviour.
A resident, Oriwa Hammadu, said the militia members were chanting war songs on Monday evening as they launched attacks on the settlements in Shafaran, Shawal, Gumara, Kikam and Kadamti villages in the area.
“The attacks came when all the men were out of the areas. Many had gone to market and a wedding ceremony in Mayo-Belwa, so they took us by surprise,” said Hammadu.
“I was on my way back from Numan town market when I saw smokes billowing from our settlements. Later, I saw some Bachama militia members numbering about 150 coming from our settlements.
“So, I had to sneak to save my life. But they killed our children, women and burnt houses.
“They came with dangerous weapons including machetes, daggers and guns and were chanting war songs in Bachama dialect.
“Both the injured and the corpses were evacuated to Numan General Hospital,” Hammadu said.
Meanwhile, the North East Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Mafinde Danburam, also disclosed that 45 of the dead have been buried according to Islamic injunction while many are still missing.
Danburam called on the government and security agents to as a matter of necessity deploy more security operatives to the area and environs to check further spread of the attack.
“We have just observed the funeral rites of 45 bodies of women and children here in Numan. We are still searching for the remaining missing people.
“We want government to as matter of urgency swing into action by investigating those involved so as to avoid reprisal.”
Danburam alleged that Bachama youths had been threatening herdsmen to vacate the area.
“In the build up to these attacks, the district head of Numan had earlier summoned Fulani leaders and ordered them to leave his domain. He even threatened that there would be attack.
“And all pleas by the Fulani were to no avail,” he said.
The state government delegation led by Deputy Governor Martins Babale for an on the spot assessment, commiserated with the Fulani herdsmen, assuring that the government will do everything within its power to ensure that those behind the act are apprehended.
Gunmen Attack Katsina Grains Market, Kill Six, Injure Others
No fewer than six persons had been reportedly killed by gunmen at the Sheme Grains Market in Katsina State.
The gunmen blocked the busy Kankara-Sheme Road and shot sporadically at motorists before robbing the market.
Abdulkadir Brodo, an eyewitness, said two women and a child were among the victims of the attack which also left several others injured.
The incident occurred on the road that serves motorists going from Kano to Sokoto, through Katsina.
However, the Katsina State Police Command, in a statement, said the hoodlums killed only two women and a child in a road attack, but that they could not attack the Grains Market.
Brodo, who lost Jibrin Usman, his uncle, and his wife in the attack, told
INDEPENDENT that he was returning from Kano when their bus was attacked by the gunmen.
He said four other passengers also died in the incident.
“When we went to retrieve their corpses, I met some people who came from Kano to retrieve the corpses of two of their relations who were also killed during the incident.
“I saw a driver with his legs severely damaged and I was made to understand that his car was also attacked.
“I learnt that over six persons lost their lives in several vehicles which were also attacked”, he said.
Regardless, DSP Isah Gambo, the command’s spokesman, said in a statement, that that information was not true.
Gambo said: “It is not true. What really happened was that, on November 18, 2017, at about 20:00hrs, a group of armed robbers suspected to be herdsmen, blocked the highway along Kankara/Faskari Road, specifically at Biya village, Faskari LGA of Katsina State.
“The hoodlums tried to stop a vehicle, a Volkswagen Golf III, white in colour, with registration number NSR 421 EH, driven by one Abubakar Magaji ‘M’ aged 30 years of Sheme town, Faskari LGA of Katsina State.
“However, the driver refused to stop and the hoodlums opened fire at the vehicle, which led to the death of two women and a child.
“The command wishes to state that, at no point in time did the hoodlums attack the Kankara Grains Market, neither did they rob any person of his belongings.”
Mubi Mosque Bomb Blast Cruel, Says Buhari
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has described Tuesday’s early morning suicide bomb blast in Madina mosque as “very cruel and dastardly.”
Buhari, who condemned the latest attack also directed the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to deploy more police personnel to prevent further attacks by armed bandits in Zamfara State.
Buhari also commiserated with families of the several victims, government and people of the state, assuring them that government would do everything required to secure the state from the deadly menace of Boko Haram.
According to the president, the people in the entire North East must be more vigilant and report suspicious persons to security agencies in order to avert further attacks on soft targets by the terrorist group.
On the current move by the IGP to review police personnel and strategy in Zamfara State, the president directed him to visit the state and report back his findings about the deadly attacks.
The directives followed recent killings and wanton destruction carried out by unknown gunmen on communities in Shinkafi and Maradun local government areas of the state.
President Buhari also prayed that God would console the bereaved families in the Adamawa and Zamfara incidents, heal the injured, and grant rest to the souls of the departed.

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