#AceNewsServices – LAGOS – May 20 and 21 – Twin car bombings on Tuesday killed at least 46 in central Nigeria in the latest in a series of deadly blasts that will stoke fears about security despite international help in the fight against Boko Haram militants.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan swiftly condemned the attack in the central city of Jos, calling it a “tragic assault on human freedom” and condemning the perpetrators as “cruel and evil”.
“President Jonathan assures all Nigerians that (the) government remains fully committed to winning the war against terror and… will not be cowed by the atrocities of enemies of human progress and civilisation,” his office said.
Forty-five people were also injured in the attack where improvised explosive devices were hidden in a truck and a minibus, according to the military.
Most of the victims were women, Pam Ayuba, spokesman for Plateau state governor Jonah Jang, said, while the emergency services said their workers were caught up in the second blast as they attended victims from the first.
Two attacks by Boko Haram gunmen killed 30 people near Chibok, AFP reported, citing witnesses.
Islamists kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in the north-east Nigerian town last month.
The first attack on Monday afternoon reportedly killed 10 in the village of Shawa, some 7km from Chibok. Gunmen then stormed the nearby village of Alagarno late Tuesday where they killed 20 people and stole food, razed homes and fired on fleeing civilians, witnesses say.
Dawn – AFP – Reuters
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