Five People Died In Jos Explosion, Eye Witness Say

According to a new report on PREMIUM TIMES National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) officials claim that at least three people were killed and three others injured in the Saturday night (24, May 2014) explosion near a football viewingcentre at Bauchi Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

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However, a witness, who said he assisted NEMA in the rescue operation of the victims, said five people died in the explosion, with the victims corpses mutilated.

The North Central Coordinator of NEMA, Abdulsalam Abubakar, Saturday night told the BBC Hausa service that the explosion killed three people and injured three others who were rushed to hospital.

The NEMA boss also said the explosion damaged a residential home where the bomb-laden car was parked, but that fire service officials put out the fire quickly to prevent further damage.

However, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Police in Plateau, Felicia Anslem, said only one life was lost in the explosion while two others were injured.

Mrs. Anslem called for calm, saying security officials have cordoned the area of the blast.

A suicide bomber is believed to be among the victims.

The Saturday night explosion, according to residents of the area, was targeted at a football viewingcentre, where hundreds gathered to watch the UEFA Champions League final.

The vehicle, however, exploded before it reached its destination; thus causing minimal casualty.

This explosion was the third within one week in Jos as twin explosions on Tuesday killed about 200 people and left scores injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for the explosions although they are believed to have been carried out by the Boko Haram whose insurgency across Northern Nigeria has killed thousands of people since 2009.

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