May 24, 2014
Another bomb blast this night rocked the city of Jos, capital of Plateau State in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. It was the third bomb explosion in the formerly quiescent city in less than a week.
A security agent and two Jos residents told SaharaReporters over the phone that today’s blast occurred around 9 p.m. Nigerian time around a center where people had gathered to watch a soccer match.
There was no information regarding casualty figures as at press time. Audu Yohana, the NEMA Zonal Information Officer in Jos said the bomb had exploded on Murtala Mohammed near the main campus of University of Jos .
He said emergency responders were afraid to approach the scene of the latest explosion for fear that another bomb might be planted nearby.
Four days ago, two major bombs exploded 30 minutes apart, killing over 200 people at the city’s crowded Terminus market.
PremiumTimes- The sound of the explosion was heard in Jos South LGA, about 25 kilometres away from the scene.
A witness, Tank Shittu, who rushed to the scene five minutes after the blast, said the explosion occurred near a car park, few meters away from a security checkpoint.
The spokesperson of the Police State Command of the Nigeria Police, Felicia Ali, confirmed the incident but said details were still sketchy.
A resident said the suicide bomber died 20 metres from a viewing centre where football fans gathered to watch the ongoing final of the UEFA Champions League between Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid. That could not be independently verified at this time.
Multiple explosions had on May 20 occurred around the ever-busy Jos Main Market, between Railway Terminus and the temporary site of the Jos University Teaching Hospital, killing over 200 people.