Jos Blasts: NEMA Officials Confirm 118 Dead, Angry Christian Youths Protest

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By Olusegun Emmanuel, Abuja.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed 118 people dead in the twin bomb explosions that rock the ancient city of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria on Tuesday. Even as angry christian youths trooped to the street to vent their anger on perceived enemies particularly the Fulani muslims.

Security sources said the situation had since been brought under control. “But one Hausa man was killed during the protest,” the sources added.

The police also disputed the figure from NEMA, saying it is 46 people who died in the explosion, but noted that more casualties may have been recorded and that it will give more detail on the mortality rate as even unfold.

At least 118 people were killed in a car bomb attack in the central Nigerian city of Jos, the country’s relief agency said on Tuesday, warning that the death toll could rise further.

Twin bomb explosions occurred in the heart of the commercial center of Jos, Northeast Nigeria on Tuesday. The explosions, believed to have been caused by an improvised Explosive Device (IED), occurred around the busy Jos Main Market, between railway terminus and the temporary site of the Jos University Teaching Hospital.

Coordinator, NEMA, Mohammed Abdulsalam told AFP the “The exact figure of the dead bodies recovered as of now is 118. More bodies may be in the debris” of buildings which collapsed due to the intensity of the blasts.

However, Police Commissioner, Plateau State, Chris Olakpe confirmed 46 people dead in the twin bomb as 45 others were injured in the blast, adding that “We can’t rule out more casualties and carnage.”