The Latest: Nigeria president calls bombing 'very cruel'

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Posted: Nov 21, 2017 11:27 AM
The Latest: Nigeria president calls bombing 'very cruel'

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria suicide bombing (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

Nigeria's president is extending his condolences to the victims' relatives after a suicide bomb attack on a mosque killed at least 50 people in the northeast.

President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted that he was "saddened by the very cruel and dastardly suicide bombing attack."

He added: "May the souls of the dead rest in peace."

Authorities say a teenage boy detonated his explosives around 5 a.m. as worshippers gathered for morning prayers Tuesday at a mosque in Adamawa state.

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10:55 a.m.

Police in northern Nigeria say the death toll has risen to 50 in a suicide bombing at a mosque during morning prayers.

Police spokesman Othman Abubakar tells The Associated Press they are "still trying to ascertain the number of injured because they are in various hospitals."

Police say the teenage bomber detonated early Tuesday in Adamawa state as people were arriving for prayers.

While there is no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicion immediately fell on the Boko Haram extremist group.

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10 a.m.

Police in northeastern Nigeria say at least 20 people are feared dead after a suicide bombing at a mosque.

The teenage bomber detonated early Tuesday in Adamawa state as people were arriving for morning prayers.

Police spokesman Othman Abubakar tells The Associated Press that the young man detonated his explosives while mingling among the worshippers.

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, suspicion immediately fell on Boko Haram.

The Islamic extremist group is based in neighboring Borno state and has been blamed for scores of similar attacks.