Nigeria police say at least 20 killed in mosque bombing

Abubakar Othman, a police spokesperson in Adamawa state, said the death toll from the attack in the town of Mubi is 50 people, but "there could be more as those seriously injured could add to the figure".

"It fits with the increasing lethality and potency of suicide attacks of the organization's current "hot streak", which started approximately four weeks ago", counterterrorism specialist Yan St-Pierre said.

Most attacks by the group focus on Borno state, the birthplace of the insurgency.

It is thought to be the biggest mass killing in the country this year and is expected to be claimed by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

According to an eyewitness account, the bomber sneaked into the mosque called Massalacin Madina at Anguwan Shuwa when the Muslim faithful were observing their prayer and blew himself up resulting in the death of over 22 people, while many others sustained varying degrees of injuries.

"This year Boko Haram has killed 357 civilians during 55 attacks in northeastern Nigeria".

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"They are feeling the heat".

Mohammed Asheik, from the Civilian Joint Task Force assisting the military with security in the northeast, said: "Our people went to the farm to work". Boko Haram had even taken hold of the territory in 2014, but was pushed out by military troops the following year.

The town's name was changed temporarily to Madinatul Islam, or "City of Islam" in Arabic, during the brief Boko Haram occupation.

He said, "Today's attack appears to be yet another example of Boko Haram's continued unlawful disregard for human life".

Boko Haram typically mounts suicide attacks in crowded public places such as mosques and markets.

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