Tuesday, 20 May 2014

More than 118 people killed in Jos bomb blasts. Numbers to rise...


At least 118 people were killed when two car bombs ripped through a busy market in the central Nigerian city of Jos, police said on Tuesday.

Plateau state police commissioner Chris Olakpe told reporters that 45 others were injured in the blasts, which happened in the New Abuja Market area of the city.

Also the Plateau State Government says it is “not in a hurry’’ to release the casualty figures from Tuesday afternoon’s two bomb blasts which hit the Terminus Market in Jos.

“The casualty figures have not been ascertained because the figures are still being collated from various hospitals,’’ the state’s Information Commissioner, Olivia Dazyam, told newsmen in Jos on Tuesday. 

She however said the figures would be made available “as soon as possible’’.

The commissioner said security agents had been drafted to the scene of the blasts, and advised hospitals to accept the victims and begin treatment immediately.

“Full investigation has begun on the incident. But we want people to be calm and pray, especially for the victims.

“We also want everyone to support the authorities in these trying times,’’ she said.

President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the attack and said he remained committed to fighting terrorism.

Although Boko Haram has previously targeted Jos, the capital of Plateau state, the city has been relatively calm for almost two years.

Plateau state lies on the fault-line which divides Nigeria's largely Muslim north from its mainly Christian south.



Once again the Biafrans are killed in their hundreds. Although the police say 46 now, the figures are likely to increase soon. We will be updating this page as the news come in. Remember that these areas are very busy market places.

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