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Nigeria leader vows to hunt culprits of heinous mosque attack
At least 270 others were also wounded in Friday's attacks when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the Grand Mosque in Kano, the biggest city in the mainly Muslim north of the country. The Grand Mosque is attached to the palace of the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II, Nigeria's second most senior Muslim cleric, who last week urged civilians to take up arms against Boko Haram. The blasts came after a bomb attack was foiled against a mosque in the northeastern city of Maiduguri earlier on Friday, five days after two female suicide bombers killed over 45 people in that city. The special representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, condemned the recent attacks in a statement. Chambas called on the authorities "To increase their response against terrorist threats in north-eastern Nigeria" and for additional measures to protect civilians. Observers have pointed the finger at Boko Haram for the attacks. Mass casualties are not a new phenomenon in the extremists' five-year insurgency. More than 13,000 people are thought to have died in total since 2009.

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