A botched suspected Boko Haram suicide attack targeting a group of Shiite Muslims injured three people in northeast Nigeria on
witnesses told AFP.
The would-be bomber detonated his explosives a
few metres (yards) from an open-air mosque in the Dogo Tebo area of
Potiskum shortly after afternoon prayers.
“Three worshippers were
hit by shrapnel and sustained mild injuries while the bomber’s thighs
and legs were blown off,” said local resident Mukhtar Ubale in an
account supported by two others.
Another resident who witnessed
the explosion, Zakari Kabiru, said the bomber, thought to be aged about
30, was taken to hospital but his chances of survival were slim.
his torso was intact but the lower parts of his body were shattered,”
he said, blaming the Sunni jihadist group Boko Haram for the attack.
Haram, whose insurgency to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast
Nigeria has killed at least 15,000 since 2009, condemns Shias as
heretics who should be killed.
The group has carried out several
suicide and bombing attacks on Potiskum, which is the commercial hub of
Yobe state and one of the worst hit by the violence.
at least 15 people were killed and dozens injured from a suicide attack
on a Shia Muslim Ashura festival procession, which marks the death of
Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.
Gun attacks by soldiers that followed left several others dead.
In July 2014, a blast rocked the same Saqafa mosque shortly after evening prayers, leaving four dead.
second explosion went off moments later at a mosque in the town’s
Anguwar Bolawa area, in the compound of the chief imam, killing at least
A four-nation military offensive of Nigeria and its neighbours has pushed Boko Haram out of captured territory since February.
analysts have warned the group would revert to its previous tactics of
suicide and bomb attacks against so-called “soft targets” such as
crowded markets and busy transport hubs.