Terrorism & Insurgency

Deadliest Nigerian attack since 2015 underlines Boko Haram faction’s focus on causing mass casualties through suicide bombings

23 November 2017


At least 50 people were killed and 38 wounded when a suicide bomber self-detonated at a mosque during morning prayers in Mubi in Adamawa State on 21 November.

No group has yet claimed responsibility, although Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya – formerly known as Boko Haram prior to its affiliation with Islamic State – has conducted similar attacks on numerous previous occasions. The attack was the deadliest recorded in Nigeria by IHS Markit’s Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC) from open sources since a double suicide attack on 16 July 2015 that killed 50 people at an open-air praying area in the Layin Gwange area of Damaturu in Yobe State.

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