May 21 2014
More bodies may be in the debris’ of buildings which collapsed due to the intensity of the blasts. The second blast came half an hour after the first, designed to kill rescue workers at the scene.
UK Daily Mail A market official said he helped remove 50 casualties, most of them dead. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not allowed to give information to reporters. ‘It’s horrifying, terrible,’ said Mark Lipdo of the Stefanos Foundation, a Christian charity based in Jos, who said he could smell burning flesh.
Lipdo said at least one of today’s blasts could have been averted if authorities had acted in time. He said a white van that held the first bomb was parked for hours in the market place, raising suspicions of vendors and others who reported it to the authorities, but nothing was done.
He said authorities also had another warning of impending violence: a man with explosives strapped to his body was arrested on Saturday and told police that many militants had been ordered to plant bombs around churches and public areas in Jos.
Dozens of bodies and body parts were covered in grain that had been loaded in the second car bomb, witnesses said. Photographs showed a woman’s body, legs blown off, on the edge of an inferno consuming other bodies, with a hand reaching out of the flames. Another woman, unconscious, was being carried away in a wheelbarrow on a road strewn with glass shards.
The government and military’s failure to curtail the 5-year-old Islamic uprising, highlighted by the continuing mass abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls has caused national and international outrage. Boko Haram, whose name means ‘Western education is sinful’ wants to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state under Shariah law. Half of Nigeria’s population of 170 million is Christian, as is most of the population of Jos.
Despite a year-old state of emergency being declared in three of Nigeria’s provinces, the militants attacks have become more lethal and more widespread in 2014. On Christmas Eve in 2010, bombs allegedly planted by Boko Haram exploded in Jos, killing as many as 80 people, meanwhile more than 300 people have been killed in assaults on towns and villages in recent weeks.
Tensions have been rising between Christians and Muslims in the city, in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region that divides the country into the predominantly Muslim north and Christian south.
Boko Haram has claimed other recent bomb attacks, including two separate bomb blasts in April that killed more than 120 people and wounded more than 200 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.A suicide car bomber killed 25 people in northern Kano city on Monday. Police there detonated a second car bomb Monday.