City ex­plo­sions fol­low sui­cide at­tack

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

TWO blasts rocked the cen­tral Nige­rian city of Jos yes­ter­day in the lat­est un­rest to hit the re­gion.

Po­lice say one ex­plo­sion oc­curred at a lo­cal mo­tor park and the other near a mosque, but could not say if there have been any ca­su­al­ties.

The blasts fol­lowed an ear­lier sui­cide at­tack at a church in the restive north­east­ern Nige­rian city of Po­tiskum which killed five wor­ship­pers.

The bomber en­tered the Re­deemed Chris­tian Church of God on Sun­day morn­ing and det­o­nated his ex­plo­sives.

Po­lice said four wor­ship­pers were killed in­stantly, while a fifth vic­tim died in hos­pi­tal.

“The vic­tims in­cluded a woman and her two chil­dren, the pas­tor and another worshipper,” po­lice said.

Wit­ness Garba Manu said the bomber ar­rived on a mo­torised rick­shaw, adding that “as soon as he en­tered a loud ex­plo­sion ripped through the church”.

“I saw him walk­ing in and he didn’t raise any sus­pi­cion.”

No one has taken re­spon­si­bil­ity but both Jos and Po­tiskum have been hit re­peat­edly by Boko Haram Is­lamists.

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