Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:55

Twin Bombings in Central Nigeria Kill 118, official says

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At least 118 people were killed Tuesday in twin blasts at a market in the central Nigerian city of Jos, an official said, warning the toll could climb.

The explosions, which targeted Terminus market, went off some 20 to 30 minutes apart, setting fire to the entire venue.

"The death toll stands at 118. This is the number of victims recovered from the scene of the explosions, but we are still searching through the smoldering debris for more bodies," said Mohammed Abdulsalam, coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency in the city.

"The figure may rise when the search is over," Abdulsalam said.

An emergency official says rescue workers are digging through rubble to search for more victims of twin car bomb blasts that collapsed buildings in a bustling marketplace and bus station in Nigeria's central city of Jos. More than 118 bodies have been recovered and dozens of wounded are in hospitals.

Nigerian government blamed the Boko Haram group for Tuesday's attack, assuring Nigerians their government "remains fully committed to winning the war against terror."

A separate car bomb in northern Kano killed 24 people Monday.

The attacks took place after regional and Western leaders pledged "total war" on the militant group at a weekend summit in Paris.

The Boko Haram has hijacked, in the middle of last month, more than 200 schoolgirl from a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, while Britain, United States and France have pledged to help rescued.

Source : Agencies.

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