A teenage suicide bomber in Nigeria blew himself up in a mosque, killing his father among others who were praying at the time.
Reports of the death toll varied between five and 11 people in the explosion which the bomber set off during the 5 am service.
The attack occurred in Gamboru, a town in the Borno state in northeastern Nigeria located on the border with Cameroon.
It was not immediately known to which group the teenage attacker identified, but the attack had all the markings of the terror group Boko Haram, which is known for targeting crowded mosques and market places and using children to carry out their deeds.
Boko Haram (which literally means “secular education is forbidden”) opposes all groups – including Muslims – that do not adhere to their extreme beliefs.
Boko Haram is also believed to be behind the recent disappearance of 30 loggers in the same area. Local sources feared the loggers – mostly men in their 20s –had been kidnapped after they left Gamboru early Tuesday morning, January 2, to gather firewood and failed to return.
Last month, 30 soldiers disappeared after a raid on a military base in the same region, known to be a Boko Haram stronghold.