Twin bombings kill scores as militants flex muscle
AT LEAST 44 people were killed in twin bomb blasts in the central Nigerian city of Jos, emergency services said on Monday, after a wave of mass casualty attacks blamed on Boko Haram militants.
Sunday’s bombings took the death toll from raids, explosions and suicide attacks to 267 this month alone and to 524 since Muhammadu Buhari became President on May 29, according to an AFP count. The former army general has vowed to crush the Islamists and is eyeing the deployment of a strengthened regional force at the end of this month. But with the toll rising, attacks increasing and the military seemingly unable to prevent attacks on civilians, he will be under pressure to act fast.
On Monday evening, a girl thought to be aged 13 blew herself up near a mosque in the northern city of Kano as worshippers gathered for prayers, but caused no deaths or injuries.
Sunday’s deadly blasts happened within minutes of each other at a shopping complex and near a mosque in the religiously divided capital of Plateau state, which the rebels have targeted before.
“At the moment we have 44 bodies and 47 others injured from the scenes of the two attacks,” Mohammed Abdulsalam, from the National Emergency Management Agency said.
Umar Abubakar, who was
the Yantaya mosque for the “Tafsir” or Koran commentary session, said a number of attackers opened fire from outside about 9.20pm.
“They fire an RPG ( rocket- propelled grenade) at the mosque but it hit a metal bar on the facade and exploded,” he said. “Many people were killed and injured from the shooting and the explosion. The second attack targeted a restaurant in a complex popular with travellers from the northeast.