Bombings kill at least 20 in northeast Nigeria: officials

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Posted: Oct 23, 2015 5:04 AM

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - At least 20 people were killed and 11 wounded on Friday in two bomb attacks at mosques in Nigeria's restive northeast, hospital sources said.

A suicide bombing during dawn prayers at a mosque in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, killed at least 10 people, a hospital source said.

Abdulkadir Ibrahim, spokesman of the National Relief Agency, put the death toll at six. Another hospital source said 11 people had been wounded.

Borno is the birthplace of the Boko Haram insurgency and has been the focus of attacks by suspected members of the militant Islamist group that have killed around 1,000 people since President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May.

A second bomb went off during Friday prayers at a mosque in Yola, capital of Adamawa state, south of Borno, killing at least 10 worshippers, a Red Cross official said. No more details were immediately available.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but they bore the hallmarks of the jihadi movement, which has been trying to carve out a state in the northeast of Africa's most populous country since 2009.

(Reporting by Lanre Ola, Emma Ande and Issac Linus; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Kevin Liffey)