A suspected suicide bombing at a mosque in the city of Maiduguri leaves at least 18 people dead, a day after the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as president. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque in Nigeria's Maiduguri city on Saturday afternoon (May 30) killing at least 18 people, a hospital source said, after a night-time attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the outskirts. The attacks occurred a day after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who swore to crush the Islamist militant group and move the command centre for military operations away from the capital Abuja to Maiduguri. The hospital said more than 30 were wounded in the attacks. Modu Gana was at the mosque performing ablution in a facility near the main prayer hall when the bomb went off. "We were just about to do ablution and enter the mosque, we found out as we reached the place that bomb has been blasted. Around 40 people were praying at that time, it is very difficult to find at least a survivor in this bombing," he said. Thousands have been killed and about 1.5 million displaced during Boko Haram's six-year-old insurgency to carve out a state adhering to strict Islamic law in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy and top oil producer. At the start of the year, it controlled a swathe of territory larger than Belgium in the northeast of the country. Boko Haram has since been pushed back with the help of offensives launched by troops from Chad and Niger while Cameroon has fought them off along its borders. As feared, the group is showing a return to its guerrilla tactics since losing the territory it gained last year. It maintains a last stronghold in the Sambisa forest reserve. The United States and Britain said on Friday they were ready to increase military cooperation with Nigeria to defeat Boko Haram.