Fifteen people were killed by a suicide bomber at a Shia religious ceremony in a Nigerian city. According to a Shia leader, security forces then shot and killed another five people. Another 50 people are thought to have been wounded by the bomb.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it’s likely that it was militant group Boko Haram, a group that denounces Shias as non-Muslims.
The worshippers were marching for Ashura, a solemn day when Shias mourn the martyrdom of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
“It was a huge crowd and many of them were affected,” a police officer said.
Resident Yusuf Abdullahi told Reuters the explosion was near his house. "I heard a very heavy explosion as if it happened in my room," he said.
Boko Haram has killed some 2,000 civilians this year, according to reports. The group has targeted Christians and rival Muslim groups.
The group has been blamed for bombing an open-air mosque in Potiskum that killed four. The group has also abducted more than 200 schoolgirls.
Publication date: November 3, 2014
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.