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NIGERIA –  Six people were killed on Friday when a suicide bomber allegedly from Boko Haram blew himself up at a mosque in Damboa, northeast Nigeria, in the latest violence to hit the restive region.

Nigerian Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said the attack happened at about 5:15 am (0415 GMT) in the town of Damboa, some 90 kilometres (56 miles) south-west of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

Usman said that two bombers first tried to attack the larger Damboa Central Mosque early on Friday but were prevented by armed soldiers acting as the mosque’s security.

He said one bomber had detonated but failed to kill anyone but himsekf near the Damboa Central Mosque, while the other had entered a smaller mosque and killed six after blowing himself up.

“The second bomber veered off and gained entry into another smaller mosque and detonated the bomb, killing himself and six other worshipers and injuring one other person. The wounded have been evacuated to a hospital while efforts are on to clear the rubble. Troops and other security agencies have been mobilized to the area,” said Usman.

 Damboa is 70 kilometres from Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s northeastern state of Borno.