Nigeria Bomb Blasts
Published: July 6, 2015
Nigeria Bomb Blasts, The death toll from attacks in the city of Jos has now risen to 44. Suspected Islamist militants bombed a restaurant overnight killing 23 people, while the others were killed in a shooting and grenade attack.
Emergency services say 47 others have been injured.
There’s been no immediate claim of responsibility but the attacks bear the hallmarks of Islamist group, Boko Haram, which has been fighting since 2009 to carve out a radical Islamic state in the northeast.
Plateau State police spokesman Emmanuel Abuh had earlier confirmed reports of two attacks in Jos, the state capital located on the edge of the core insurgency zone in the northeast and been hit by major Boko Haram attacks before.
“I saw people running out crying, some with bloodstains,” said resident Bashir Abdullahi, describing the scene after he said a suicide bomber ran into the crowded restaurant. “I believe many lives were lost.”
The second attack targeted a mosque where a well-known cleric was preaching, witnesses said. Gunmen started shooting sporadically and then there was a loud blast, they said.
“We saw two or three vehicles coming from different directions and we started hearing gunshots from all angles and then a very loud bang, like a bomb being thrown into the mosque,” said witness Abubakar Shehu.
A suicide bomber killed six people at a church in northeast Nigeria earlier on Sunday after a week in which suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed more than 200 people.
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