Zonal Coordinator, North-Central, of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mohammed Abdulsalam, has confirmed that no fewer that 44 persons lost their lives in Sunday night’s bomb attacks that rocked Jos, the Plateau State capital.
He also told newsmen on Monday that about 47 others were badly injured, and are currently hospitalized in various hospitals in the state capital, even as the Plateau State government insisted that only 18 people died in the blasts, while about 18 others were injured.
The state government position was contained in a statement by the Director of Press and Public Affairs to the Governor, Emmanuel Nanle.
He urged the people to be calm.
One of the bombs exploded in Yantaya Mosque area of the city.
TheStreetReporters.com gathered that it might have been targeted at a renowned Islamic cleric, Yahaya Jengri, who was at the Mosque at the time of the explosion but, however, unhurt.
The second explosion at Bauchi road occured near a restaurant known as “Hajiya Talatu Mai Abinchi”, a popular eating spot in the area, killing 13 people and injuring several others.
“This is sad and barbaric even at this holy period of Ramadan,” said a witness, Godwin Okoko.
“I am calling for justice and effective community policing to end terrorism in all its forms, and this should be a collective responsibility of all.”, he said.