Bomb blasts kill at least 18 at mosque in Nigeria

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MAIDUGURI: Twin bomb blasts have killed at least 18 people at a northeast Nigerian mosque crowded with people observing pre-dawn prayers Friday, a self-defence fighter at the scene said.

The fighter was among rescuers who evacuated bodies while troops cordoned off the zone. He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

It is the latest in a string of suicide bombings blamed on Boko Haram Islamic extremists who have indiscriminately killed Christians and Muslims they accuse of not following their radical version of Shariah law.

The fighter said there appeared to be only one suicide bomber though “we all heard two explosions” around 5 am in a mosque in the Jiddari Polo area of Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast and the birthplace of Boko Haram.

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