Three suicide bombers killed eight people in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri Saturday morning, Lagos-based Channels TV reported. The attack happened hours after the nation delayed by a week a general election scheduled for the same day.
The attackers, suspected of being terrorists of the Boko Haram Islamist group, entered a mosque with guns and explosives strapped to their bodies at around 5:40 a.m., Channels reported, citing a police spokesman.
Maiduguri is the capital of Borno state, the center of Boko Haram’s decade-long insurgency to impose its version of Sharia law on Nigeria. The city has mostly been secure in recent months, even as Boko Haram and a breakaway faction affiliated with Islamic State have wreaked havoc in the rest of Borno.