There has been two explosions, suspected to be car bombs, in Jos, the Plateau State capital on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
According to eyewitnesses, the heavy explosions were heard at about 2:55 pm around the Jos Main Market, between Railway Terminus and temporary site of the Jos University Teaching Hospital.
An eyewitness who spoke with The Trent said the number of casualties cannot be ascertained at this time. There are reports that the dead are more than 200. Nigeria’s disaster management agency puts the dead at 118, the police says it is 48.
As more information continues to emerge, this is a very sad time in our country’s history.
Eyewitness said the explosions shook the entire area causing major panic in the area.
The bombs were primed to inflict maximum casualties as they exploded few minutes apart, Sahara Reporters reports
The explosion shook the entire area.
According to reports, the first explosion was from a Peugeot J5 van, with registration number XG 148 BLD, while the second blast was carried out with a Toyota van, with a Gombe state license plate number.
An eyewitness who spoke with Sahara Reporters said that the Toyota van had been abandoned since 6:00 a. m. Tuesday morning.
The source reports that about five residents of the area had informed police officials about the mysterious and mysterious van parked in their area, but no police arrived at the scene and nothing was done about it.
A beeping sound was heard right before the explosions, residents say.
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Additional reporting by Ekemini Ekwere