Gunmen suspected to be members of the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram, yesterday struck in Yobe State killing no fewer than 20 worshippers in a mosque.
A civil servant, Musa Ibrahim, who spoke with the Associated Press, said the gunmen struck before dawn as residents of Buni Gari village were getting set for the first prayer of the day.
The village is about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, in an area that has been attacked numerous times.
Mosques have been targets of the insurgents, who threaten Muslim clerics they consider to be preaching against their extremist doctrine.
The insurgents also routinely attack churches and schools, killing Christians and students and setting buildings – both public and private – and other property ablaze.
More than 1,200 civilians have been killed this year amid more frequent and deadlier attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist network.