BREAKING: AT LEAST 50 DEAD, MULTIPLE INJURED

The scene of the blast

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At least 50 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in northeast Nigeria , according to police officials.

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Police say the teenage bomber was gathered with worshipers who were preparing for morning prayers in the town of Mubi when he detonated his explosives – an act described by President Muhammadu Buhari as a “very cruel and dastardly suicide bombing attack”.

He tweeted: “Saddened by the very cruel and dastardly suicide bombing attack in a mosque in Mubi, earlier today. My condolences to the families of the victims, and the government and people of Adamawa State. May the souls of the dead rest in peace.”

Police spokesman Abubakar Othman said the number of dead could rise further “as those seriously injured could add to the figure”, adding that they were “still trying to ascertain the number of injured because they are in various hospitals,” Sky News reported.

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The explosion bore the hallmarks of a Boko Haram attack. The extremists – based in neighboring Borno state – often strike with suicide bombings in crowded public places like mosques and markets.

The Islamist extremists, based in neighboring Borno state, has been blamed for scores of similar attacks over the years, and has increasingly sent out bombers who are teenagers and young women — many of whom have been abductedFox News reports.

Abubakar Sule, who lives near the mosque, told Sky News he was present during the rescue operation and that 40 people died on the spot while several others were taken to a hospital with severe and life-threatening injuries.

“The roof was blown off,” Sule said. “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.”

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There was no immediate comment Tuesday from Nigeria’s government or military on the attack.

The latest attack is the highest loss of life since 56 people were killed in the same state last December, when two schoolgirl suicide bombers killed 56 people and wounded dozens more in a crowded market.

Boko Haram has been blamed for more than 20,000 deaths during its nearly decade-old insurgency, which has spilled over into neighboring countries and displaced millions of people, creating a vast humanitarian crisis.

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