A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber has killed at least 14 people at a mosque in Borno State, near the border with Cameroon.
The suicide attacker blew himself up Wednesday during dawn prayers at a mosque in the town of Gamboru in Borno state.
Officials confirmed at least 14 people were killed and the mosque was reduced to rubble.
“Only the muezzin has survived and we believe more bodies are buried under the debris,” Umar Kachalla, a civilian militiaman, told the news agency AFP. “The death toll may likely rise.”
On Tuesday, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video message claiming responsibility for a series of attacks across Nigeria’s northeast over the yuletide period.
On Saturday, 25 people were killed outside Maiduguri, while four civilians were killed in an attack in the city last week.
“We carried out the attacks in Maiduguri, in Gamboru, in Damboa,” Shekau said. “We carried out all these attacks.”
In November, over 45 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in Adamawa state.