17 Killed In Jos Bomb Explosion By Yakubu Busari ,Jos
At least no fewer than seventeen persons were confirmed to have been killed in a twin explosions believe to have been thrown out of moving cars, at two different locations along Jos- Bauchi road, yesterday evening during a rainy shower.
An eyewitness who is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers, told our correspondent who rushed to the scene few minutes after the incidents which occurred at about 6:02 pm, that they were inside the main Jos-Bauchi motor pack when they heard the sound of the first explosions which occurred at a car station opposite the University of Jos.
The source Auwalu Makai, said when they came out to see what has happened, they heard another explosion closed to the gate of the Jos-Bauchi main motor park.
Our correspondent reports that he saw five corpse at the spot of the first explosions, while others that have sustained injuries were being evacuated by good Samaritans, as security personnel watch.
Five persons were also counted by this reporter, at the scene of second explosion, which is closed to the main gate of the motor pack, few meters away from military road block.
However, Auwalu Makai, and others who were seen lending helping hand evacuating the deceased and also those that were injured, said: “We have already taken seven other corpses, before you (This reporter), arrived the scene.”
It was feared that a Police officer, traffic wader at the area was among those that had died.
Irate youths have gathered and demolished the military road block, as they protest against, “The inaction of the soldiers.”
No fire has occurred resulting from the explosions, and it is believed that the explosions were handheld granite.
When contacted for comments the Media/Information officer of the Special Task Force (STF), Captain Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the incident, he however said, “There were 13 People that had died from the two incidents.”
Iweha said the men of the STF were redeployed to enforce law and other and to further protect other properties against hoodlums taking advantage of the situation.
No individual or group of persons has yet claimed responsibility of the attack, but the similar acts were claimed by the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
Similar twin explosions had in the last of month of December rocked the terminus commercial center of Jos and had killed 32 persons and injured several others.