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Two Bombs Kill Dozens in Central Nigerian City

nigeria bombTwo bombs concealed inside a truck and a minibus have killed dozens of people at a crowded market in the central Nigerian city of Jos, military officials said.

“The first IED (improvised explosive device) was in a truck. The second was in a minibus,” Kingsley Egbo of the military State Task Force (STF) in Plateau state said Tuesday.

“The market was really crowded,” he added. “We are having a problem of crowd control … The emergency services have evacuated the casualties,” he told the AFP news agency.

Al Jazeera’s Mohammed Adow, reporting from Abuja, said an exact toll was not immediately available.

“Details of the incident are scant. Eyewitnesses recounted how twin blasts tore through a busy intersection in between the main market in Jos and a university teaching hospital as well as the main bus station of the town.

“We are being told that there’s been no immediate claim of responsibility. However, suspicion will most likely fall on the group, Boko Haram,” Adow said.

Jos has been the scene of some of the worst sectarian violence in Nigeria in recent years.


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