Two suicide bombers struck at city mosques in northeast Nigeria on Friday, killing at least 42 people and wounding more than 100, an official and witnesses said.
The massive blast in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, killed 27 people and wounded 96 during Friday afternoon prayers that were crowded with officials helping to inaugurate a new mosque, said Saad Bello of the National Emergency Management Agency.
Radio stations broadcast urgent appeals for blood donations. “We call on individuals to come and donate blood to save lives,” Bello said.
Earlier Friday, another suicide bomber killed 15 people before dawn in an explosion at a mosque in Maiduguri, the biggest city in the northeast and birthplace of the Boko Haram Islamic extremist group, a self-defense fighter who helped remove the bodies told The Associated Press. He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.