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At Least a Dozen Killed in Double Suicide Bombing at Nigeria Mosque

A woman stands at the market  in Maiduguri capital of Borno state on June 6, 2013 . Nigeria's military yesterday disclosed details of its offensive against Islamist militants, describing a series of events that saw insurgents take control of a remote area before being pushed out by soldiers.  AFP PHOTO / Quentin Leboucher        (Photo credit should read Quentin Leboucher/AFP/Getty Images)

The blasts came a day after Washington pledged to send 300 troops to aid the fight against Boko Haram

A double suicide bombing at a mosque in the Nigerian city that is the birthplace of Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram killed at least a dozen people and possibly more than three times that number on Thursday.

The Nigerian militant outfit is suspected to have carried out the blast in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, although it has not yet publicly claimed responsibility, Agence France-Presse reported.

The attack took place at around 6:30 p.m. local time Thursday, when the bombers entered the mosque disguised as worshippers. The first assailant detonated his device as soon as he was inside the building, while the other followed suit after many had rushed to help victims of the initial explosion.

Although local police placed the death toll at 14, witnesses at the scene say they counted at least 42 bodies inside the mosque, which collapsed and injured several more people engaged in evening prayers.

Boko Haram militants, whose mission is to establish their own Islamic caliphate, have stepped up suicide and guerrilla attacks recently amid a heightened offensive by the Nigerian government under new President Muhammadu Buhari. A triple bombing in Nigeria’s neighboring country Chad killed more than 40 people on


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