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Suicide bombers kill three in northern Nigeria mosque

Borno State Suicide Bombers becoming emboldened due to government failure to halt Boko Haram

LAGOS, Nigeria––Reports from Nigeria says two suicide bombers killed three Muslim worshippers in a mosque in a northeast Nigerian town that is being rehabilitated after years if Boko Haram’s destruction.

Nigerian security sources say, the bombers, a man, and a woman detonated their explosives inside the mosque during morning prayers on Saturday in the town of Bama in Borno state.

Baba Shehu Gulumba, Bama local government chairman, said the bombers “blew themselves up in a mosque while people were praying, killing three people.”

A top Nigerian military officer in Bama confirmed the death toll.  The officer also confirmed that nine people were injured as well.

“Some of the injured are in a critical condition and may hardly make it. They have been transferred to Maiduguri for better medical care,” the top military officer added based on anonymity.

The attack came two weeks after residents began returning to the town which was destroyed by Boko Haram four years ago.

Bama is a foremost trading hub on the road to Cameroon and it is also home to 270,000 people.  Sources say the town was captured in September 2014, forcing residents to flee to Maiduguri, the state capital.

After the Nigerian military recaptured the town in March 2015, eighty-five percent of the town had been demolished by the jihadists.

Officials in Borno state estimate that some 40 billion nairas (94 million euros, $111 million) would be required to rebuild the town.

Sources say 11,000 homes had been rebuilt so far but local residents say that represents one-third of the homes destroyed.

Borno state’s information commissioner Mohammed Bulama said 1,200 people had returned to the town in a phased resettlement of the 100,000 displaced residents living in camps in Maiduguri.

In response to army offensives that have put pressure on the militant group, Boko Haram has been infamous for suicide attacks on civilian and military targets.

Security sources say last Friday, 10 people including four militia fighting the militants were injured when two female suicide bombers attacked Amarwa village in Konduga district, 38 kilometers from Maiduguri.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.

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