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Boko Haram said it is responsible for the suicide bomb attack that occurred in Maiduguri, Borno state capital yesterday.
Nigerian army has claimed in a statement that a policeman was killed in the attack but Boko Haram, also known as Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP, said in a statement posted on social media that the bomber “was able to detonate his explosive vest in the area of Maiduguri“, and that “at least 15 apostates (non-believers)” were killed in the attack, which happened at about 12:00 pm at the Borno State Secretariat in the city”.
Five civilians were injured last Wednesday in the same Maiduguri during an attempt by a suicide bomber to gain entrance to the mosque, where worshippers converged early morning for prayers.
The Borno attacks are coming few days to a regional security summit on efforts to eradicate Boko Haram.
Locals and street vendors earlier told AFP the explosion initially appeared to come from a passing motorised rickshaw, which went up in flames and was gutted in the blast.