Twin suicide bombings kill nearly 50 in Nigeria

2015-07-06 12:58
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Lagos - Twin suicide bombings targeting a mosque and a restaurant have left 49 people dead in the north-central Nigerian city of Jos, a source involved with the rescue operation said on Monday.

"For now there are 49 dead, but the number may go up, because we are still compiling figures as more corpses are still being discovered," said the source, who spoke to dpa on the condition of anonymity.

One of the attacks occurred at a roadside restaurant, while the other targeted a mosque where a large crowd was listening to a sermon late Sunday.

"Gunshots were first fired at a crowd outside the mosque and as people rushed out of the mosque, a suicide bomber detonated his bomb in their midst," said Ali Tijani, who witnessed the attack.

Angry Muslim youths reacted to the attack by setting a church on fire, sparking fears of religious violence in the city with a large population of both Christians and Muslims.

The suicide bombings followed a string of attacks attributed to the Islamist group Boko Haram, which claimed more than 200 lives in Nigeria in less than a week.

Boko Haram has killed more than 17 000 people in north-eastern Nigeria since 2009, according to the human rights group Amnesty International. More than 5 500 of the victims died between 2014 and March 2015.

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