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BREAKING: Several wounded as suicide bomber hits Potiskum in Yobe State
The attack, we learnt was aimed at Emir of Fika, Muhammad Abali.
It was the latest such attack targeting Muslim leaders in northern Nigeria, where Boko Haram foot-soldiers accuse establishment Islamic figures of being too close to the country’s corrupt elite.
An eyewitness said that, “A man who looked in his 40s … approached the emir and tried to embrace him, but people around pushed him away, and at that moment, a bomb concealed under his caftan went off.”
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though Potiskum has been hard hit by violence blamed on Boko Haram.
“I and my brother were leaving the mosque through a different gate when I heard an explosion followed by a commotion as worshippers tried to flee,” another resident said.
“I fled the mosque, but some minutes later when the news of what happened spread, I came back to the mosqueand I saw a large crowd watching the dismembered body of the attacker.”
Those wounded in the attack included the emir’s bodyguard, a mosque aid worker and a nurse, the witness said.
The attack was said to have occurred as the emir left the mosque near his palace after weekly prayers.