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Car Bombs Kill More Than 100 in Nigeria

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 03:05 PM

Twin car bombings in central Nigeria killed more than 100 people Tuesday in the latest in a series of deadly blasts that will stoke fears about security despite international help in the fight against Boko Haram Islamists.

The country's National Emergency Management Agency said the blast in the city of Jos killed at 118 but warned the death toll could climb.

"More bodies may be in the debris," said Mohammed Abdulsalam, the agency's coordinator.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan swiftly condemned the attack,calling it a "tragic assault on human freedom" and condemning the perpetrators as "cruel and evil".

"President Jonathan assures all Nigerians that (the) government remains fully committed to winning the war against terror and ... will not be cowed by the atrocities of enemies of human progress and civilization," his office said.

Forty-five people were also injured in the attack where homemade bombs were hidden in a truck and a minibus, according to the military.

Most of the victims were women, said Pam Ayuba, spokeswoman for Plateau state governor Jonah Jang. Emergency services said their workers were caught up in the second blast as they attended victims from the first.

Plateau, of which Jos is the capital, falls in Nigeria's so-called Middle Belt, where the Christian-majority south meets the Muslim-majority north.

The state and its religiously divided capital have seen deadly sectarian clashes in the past as well as attacks from Boko Haram terrorists.

The deadly strike and a suicide car-bomb attack that killed four in the northern city of Kano on Sunday will raise questions about the government's grip on the country's security.

The Kano bombing in a predominantly Christian neighborhood of the ancient city and commercial hub has previously been hit by the Islamist militants, although a political motive has not been ruled out.

There was no immediate indication of who was responsible for the latest attacks, but police in Kano said they had arrested two men.

The Boko Haram insurgency is Nigeria's most pressing security issue.

The terrorists claimed responsibility for an April 14 car bomb attack on a bus station in a suburb of the capital Abuja which killed 75.

They are also suspected of carrying out a copy-cat bombing in the same location on May 1 which left 19 dead.

International attention has been focused on Nigeria since Boko Haram militants kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the remote northeastern town of Chibok in Borno state on April 14.

Northern Nigeria has been hit by a growing wave of attacks since the start of the insurgency in 2009, and sporadic attacks in Cameroon, Chad and Niger have prompted fears of a regional threat.

Regional leaders agreed at a summit in Paris on Saturday to improve their co-operation, including by better surveillance and intelligence sharing, to end the violence.

© AFP 2017

 
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Twin car bombings in central Nigeria killed more than 100 people Tuesday in the latest in a series of deadly blasts that will stoke fears about security despite international help in the fight against Boko Haram Islamists.
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2014-05-20
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 03:05 PM
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