JUST IN: Casualties in Mubi mosque attack rise to 27

Sajoh said the blast occurred in Kasuwan Gwanjo (second hand clothes market) and a mosque within the market.

Many people were said to have lost their lives during the unfortunate incident, which occurred on Tuesday as workers across the country mark their day.

Abdullahi Yerima, police commissioner in Adamawa state, said a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the mosque at about 1pm (12:00 GMT) and a second bomber exploded a device 200 metres away as worshippers fled, Reuters news agency reported.

Isa Danladi who resides in the area said: "Many people died on the spot and several others were taken to hospital with severe injuries".

Explosions in and around a mosque in Adamawa state has killed at least 27 people on Tuesday, a hospital official said.

It could be recalled that in November past year there was a bomb blast in Arhankulu area of Mubi where several were killed.

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Boko Haram has regularly targeted Mubi town and held territory in Adamawa state in 2014 before being pushed out by troops in early 2015.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been in the United States this week and met his USA counterpart Donald Trump, who pledged more support in the fight against Boko Haram.

Nigeria's government and military have long maintained that the Islamic State group affiliate is a spent force and on the verge of defeat.

In October 2012, at least 40 people were killed in an attack on student housing in Mubi that was widely blamed on Boko Haram.

Two local residents said that they have seen more than 60 bodies.

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