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TWO BOMB ATTACKS LEAVE AT LEAST 44 PEOPLE DEAD IN JOS

A restaurant and a mosque were targets of twin bomb attacks on Sunday night.
Out of the 44 dead, 23 were killed at the restaurant and 21 at the mosque, Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says. Although no one has claimed responsibility but Islamist terror group Boko Haram is believed to be behind the attacks.
The blasts are the latest in the series of deadly attacks in recent days which have seen more than 600 people killed.
As at press time, about 47 people are being treated for various degrees of injuries but emergency officials say the figures may rise.
The blast at the restaurant was the result of a bomb that had been planted, whereas the mosque was attacked by a suicide bomber and was preceded by a gun attack, BBC’s Ishaq Khalid reports.
Many believe that the mosque’s imam, who was preaching at the time, may have been the target. Sheikh Muhammad Sani Yahya Jingir has been preaching against Boko Haram since 2010 and has in the past survived an assassination attempt at his home.
He also survived this attack. Jos has seen several attacks blamed on Boko Haram, including an incident in February when at least 15 died and in December last year when more than 30 people were killed.