A teenage suicide bomber has blown himself up as worshippers gathered for morning prayers at a mosque in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 50 people. It is unimaginable to think what could possess a person to mercilessly and indiscriminately kill innocent people who are kneeling before God.
While no-one has claimed responsibility for the brutal attack yet, it bears the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the terrorist group based in neighbouring Borno state that has been responsible for scores of similar attacks in public places, including mosques.
Since 2009, Boko Haram has waged an insurgency in northeast Nigeria in its attempt to create an “Islamic state” in the region, killing more than 20,000 and forcing around 2 million people to flee their homes. Although the terrorists – whether Boko Haram, Isis or Taliban – claim that they want to create an “Islamic State”, their brutal actions could not be any further from Islam. If they even had a shred of faith in them, they would surely see that their actions go against the most basic tenets of the religion I am proud to follow.