*Angry mob attack SEMA rescue team at blast scene
A female suicide bomber killed eight people and wounded 18 on Monday at a mosque in Maiduguri, Borno State, police said.
The woman detonated her bomb while trying to enter the mosque at around 04:30 am, shortly before early morning prayers, Borno police commissioner Damian Chukwu said.
Nobody claimed responsibility, but the use of female suicide bombers is a tactic used by Boko Haram, which controlled a swathe of land the size of Belgium before being ousted at the start of 2015 by the Nigerian army and troops from neighbouring countries.
Suicide bombings and raids have continued since the military offensive, in northeast Nigeria, as well as in Cameroon and Niger. At least 12 people were killed and over 40 wounded when suicide bombers attacked a town in northern Cameroon on Thursday.
At least 62 people have been killed in attacks on Maiduguri and its environs since early June. Seventeen people were killed in the city last week.
Meanwhile, a mob on Monday attacked officials of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), who were on rescue mission at the bomb blast scene.
The youths, who attacked the SEMA Emergency Rapid Response team dispatched to evacuate corpses and render assistance to the blast victims, were said to be angered by the recent spate of suicide bombings in Maiduguri.
Some of them chanted slogans against relief officials, saying, “leave, we do not need your assistance.”
The youths, armed with club and sticks, smashed one of SEMA vehicles and prevented the team from carrying out its mission.
It took the intervention of members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to rescue the SEMA officials.
An official of the state emergency agency, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed the incident, but said only their vehicle was damaged.
NAN learnt that the residents of the area had tried to apprehend the suicide bomber who was looking suspicious, but she ran into the mosque and detonated the explosive strapped on her body.
In a related development, two female suicide bombers who attempted to cross the security trenches at about 10:15 PM on Sunday, were killed at Mammanti area on the outskirts of Maiduguri.
Soldiers guarding the trenches shot the women as a result of which the explosive strapped to their bodies detonated.