44 killed in attacks in Jos, Nigeria

By Editorial Board - 6 July 2015 at 11:00 am
Photo shows a general view of Jos, Plateau State on November 30, 2008. Some 200 people were killed in two days of post-election violence in the central Nigerian city of Jos, the Plateau State information minister said, giving the first official toll. Calm appeared to have returned to the city of two million which is the capital of Plateau State and lies in Nigeria's "middle belt," between the predominantly Muslim north and mainly Christian south.   AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

44 people were killed on Monday July 6, 2015, in the central Nigerian city of Jos during a suspected Islamist militant attacks. No group claimed immediate responsibility for the attack but Reuters reported that they bore the marks of Boko Haram fighters.

The insurgents hit a restaurant and a mosque in the city. Reuters wrote that Alhassan Muhammad of the National Emergency Management Agency stated that 23 people died in the suicide bombing at the restaurant in Jos and 21 died in a shooting and grenade attack outside the mosque. He also said that 47 people had been injured during the attacks.

One resident, Bashir Abdullahi, described the attack on the restaurant where he said a sucide bomber had run into the crowd inside, “I saw people running out crying, some with bloodstains.”

“I believe many lives were lost.”

Abubakar Shehu, a witness to the attack on the mosque said that “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.”

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