(AP): Separately, Boko Haram Islamic
extremists attacked a rural military camp in northeastern Yobe state
overnight but were repulsed by troops who killed at least 100 of the
insurgents, the military said. Seven troops died in the fighting and
nine were injured in the village of Goniri, said army spokesman Col.
Hours later, at
around 6 a.m. when mosques are filled with the faithful performing
early-morning prayers, two women suicide bombers struck in Damaturu,
Yobe state's commercial center.
of the suicide bombers gained entry into the mosque and detonated
explosives and the other bomber was sighted roaming around the compound
and (when) asked questions, she too detonated explosives," said resident
He said he
counted 15 bodies and 12 wounded people rushed to the hospital in
Damaturu, which has suffered dozens of attacks during Nigeria's
6-year-old Islamic uprising.
Police Assistant Superintendent Toyin
Gbagedesin said seven people died in the Damaturu attacks. There was no
immediate way to reconcile the conflicting tolls.
reported a third attack by two male suicide bombers on a settlement of
Fulani herders that he said killed 10 people.
Residents blamed Boko Haram for the dawn attack on the Muhammadu Buhari Housing Estate.
The extremists have stepped up attacks since Buhari took office in May pledging to halt the Islamic uprising.
have spilled over into neighboring countries. Chadian authorities said a
Boko Haram attack Tuesday near Chad's border with Nigeria left 11
soldiers and 37 militants dead.
Amnesty International estimates 20,000 people have died in Nigeria's extremist insurgency.
The Center of Supervision on Mosques Affairs