According to survivors, a man dressed in white blew himself up at the Yantaya Mosque as cleric Sani Yahaya, the national chairman of the Jama’atu Izalatul Bidia organization, was addressing worshippers. Jos is located where Nigeria’s majority Muslim north and mainly Christian south collide.
Though no group has yet claimed responsibility, the attacks have the earmarks of those by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram, which has waged a yeares-long campaign against the Nigerian government.
“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. The government is committed “to doing everything possible to eradicate Boko Haram, terrorism and mindless extremism from Nigeria in the shortest possible time”, Adesina said.
An eye-witness told NAN that some of the workers had tried to get the police to restrict the boy who was looking suspicious, before he detonated the bomb, which injured many others. “We can’t believe that we escaped”.
The bomber attacked Redeemed Christian Church of God and killed a priest and four others, including a mother and her two children.
Meanwhile, gunmen suspected of being cattle thieves killed at least 37 people in a village in northern Nigeria’s Zamfara state, a local government official said Monday. The militants have carried at least four previous suicide attacks in the town so far this year, resulting in the deaths of more than 20 people.
The United Kingdom and USA have condemned the recent flare-up of killings by Boko Haram, which earlier this year sustained heavy losses as a result of a cross-border military campaign involving Nigeria and its neighbors Chad and Niger.
(GIN)-Despite threats to eliminate Boko Haram by Nigeria’s sitting president, Muhammadu Buhari, the insurgent group refuses to melt away but on the contrary has launched new deadly attacks in that country.
He said it had already become clear that the violations committed by Boko Haram were extensive and far-reaching, demanding a response of commensurate magnitude.