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Twin Car Bombs Kill 118 in Nigeria

Smoke rises after a bomb blast at a bus terminal in Jos, Nigeria, May 20, 2014.
Smoke rises after a bomb blast at a bus terminal in Jos, Nigeria, May 20, 2014.
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Two car bombs minutes apart have killed at least 118 people in the central Nigerian city of Jos.

The blasts that happened on Tuesday flattened several buildings, and officials say they are expecting to find more bodies.

The car bombs went off in a busy marketplace, near a bus station and a hospital.
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No one has claimed responsibility. But suspicion immediately fell on Boko Haram - the Islamist extremist group blamed for thousands of deaths as it tries to set up a conservative Muslim state in the north.

The group also is behind last month's kidnappings of nearly 300 schoolgirls from a remote village in Borno state.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan calls Tuesday's bombings "cruel and evil," and says he is fully committed to winning the war on terrorism.

Nigerian lawmakers voted Tuesday to extend a state of emergency for six months in the northeast, where Boko Haram is most active.

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by: Valentine from: Lagos
May 21, 2014 3:11 AM
The Northern Nigeria are majority Muslims, while the Southern Nigeria are majority Christians. And this northern majority muslins are more in the Nigerian Military. Most Northern military personnel sypathise with Boko Haram. That is why the ,Nigerian Army is reluctant to fight. That is why the Nigerian Army can not win the war against Boko Haram. The only solution is to dissolve the Almagamation of 1914. They Northern and Southern protectorates are two different countries. Lord Lugard created this problem, and he is dead today, we the living must not fail to correct this British mistake. Anything short of this is wasting of time.


by: lee from: china
May 21, 2014 1:42 AM
Japan is also "cruel and evil," ,be careful!


by: max ajida from: pretoria, South Africa
May 20, 2014 11:55 PM
Boko Haram ,why killing people. Where do you get justification in the Quaran to kill. The Quaran doesn't teach murder. Stop using Islamic religion to kill people. An Islamic person doesn't kill but respect life of any living creature. If you want to change Nigeria , participate in ligitimate elections. You are commiting a heinous crime that derseves death sentence. God is with Nigerians,He'll liberate them from these religiousless terrorists.


by: Tumbo Isuto from: Dar es salaam
May 20, 2014 8:49 PM
Killing an innocent people please BH stop these..UN where are you?


by: meanbill from: USA
May 20, 2014 8:40 PM
The whole world is erupting in chaos and violence and killing, and if it isn't the US and NATO causing it, they are powerless in stopping others from doing it? -- Like rabid dogs?


by: MODIBO from: Accra, Ghana
May 20, 2014 5:50 PM
It is certainly a war. A war between good and evil. The good definately will win. It is not a war between Islam and Christianity. It is my first time to comment on this forum and my hope is that hate will not be part of this discussion. Objectivity should prevail. Supporting Islam or Christianity will defeat the purpose. I'm sure all readers and contributors will be able to sieve all submissions and to know the level headed ones.


by: ejemen from: edo state
May 20, 2014 4:14 PM
Pls enough of this killing in Nigeria

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by: Plain Mirror Intl from: Plain Planet- Africa
May 21, 2014 4:28 AM
What we are experiencing in Nigeria today is nothing but the weakness of democracy over military regime. Everything that has disadvantage(s) also has its advantage(s). There were so much deliberation and debates when this evil worm should have been rooted out long ago and from the begining. This talk-talk finally gave way to a full grown predator. Yes! Islamist predator, eating and maiming Nigerians in scores on short intervals. If this were to be a military era, who and what is BOKO HARAM? Call it military action or nothing. Oh! where is the might of Nigeria? The weakness of democracy, yet I appreciate democracy, but... . BOKO HARAM a thing to remember the might of military era for.

One thing we must understand is that rebels are saints to where terrorists are. Terrorists fight like cowards, sneaking and pepetrating evil with often faceless disposition; how easily can you identify one in our mist... ? That is the grave concern and the danger. Of a truth, the Africa gaint is in trouble. The truth must be told; terrorists... ???

It is not surprising that the BOKO HARAM parade in sophisticated armory; where are the military hard wares of the fallen gaint Moumar Ghadaffi? Nigerians would now understand the ill calculated support of Nigeria on the war on Libya that toppled Ghadaffi. Kill the true islamic prophets, have radicals in place. The radicals toplled Ghadaffi so as to enable them distribute the Libya weapons to their branches. It is obvious that Nigeria is one of the greates beneficiaries of the dividends of the fall of Ghadaffi.

The war against terrorism is not an easy one especially the one that has gone the extent the Nigeria BOKO HARAM has gone. Other similar affected nations are examples. The war has begun, who knows when it would end... ? Blam BOKO HARAM and PRAY FOR NIGERIA.


by: MBeky from: Nigeria
May 20, 2014 2:32 PM
VOA, please say what it is. - this is a war - this is a war between Islam and Christianity. VOA, when you try ti evade the obvious - you add more agony to our country. the world must acknowledge this problem. we are at war with Islamic invasion into Europe, Islamic depredation in Africa. this is a war

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by: ali baba from: new york
May 20, 2014 8:12 PM
the fact. according to BH statement that girls are converted to Islam .so they are Christian unless you are Wahhabi or salafi .these two radical believe a converted to Islam by force is legal and any one went back to Christianity has to be killed.. Islam impose punishment by death for every Christian forced to convert to Islam and want to be Christian again. read the Quran

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by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
May 20, 2014 4:13 PM
Hey MBeky, you're off your nut if you think this is a war between faith groups in Nigeria. Why BH is constantly killing more Muslims, destroying numerous mosques and kidnapping Muslim school girls?. Why your beloved president Goodluck Jonathan is incapable of dealing forcefully with Boko Haram?
VOA is willing to print the statements and views of your government officials.

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by: ali baba from: new york
May 20, 2014 3:01 PM
yes ,it is a war.. I will tell you ,Islam will be defeated . they never win and ever. they lose in central Africa. they lose in Russia. .In Russia, they were defeated badly. they beg for mercy to the west. in central Africa ,they were defeated. .their liar and propaganda and their lobby will not help them because the difference between the light and dark is clear. eventually ,people will realize the real motive of them which killing and destruction and get the real taste of defeat such as in Russia and central Africa

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