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Explosion in Jos, Nigeria

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An explosion near an open-air venue packed with soccer fans watching a televised game has shaken Jos, Nigeria.

It was not immediately clear late Saturday if there were casualties. Early reports said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who died.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

Double car bombs in Jos on Tuesday killed at least 130 people. Those attacks were blamed on Boko Haram, an Islamist group that has terrorized Nigeria for the past five years. The group has claimed responsibility for last month's kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls, and is blamed for thousands of killings.

In recent weeks, Boko Haram has stepped up the frequency and intensity of its attacks. Earlier this week, Nigerian lawmakers extended a year-old state of emergency in the northeast, where the group has been most active.

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by: Nsikak Okosi from: New York
May 25, 2014 6:44 AM
Jos is actually a capital city of Plateau state where General Yakubu Gowon Rtd resides. This city has seen immense turmoil and terror from Boko Haram and from residential and indigenous farmers who war against each other for farm lands and territories. The casualties are mainly Christians with frequent reprisals from warring factions. Standard Newspaper corporation is located in Jos and so is the ailing Jos Rolling Steel mill. I know of a few Pastors maimed during these Jos crisis dating as late as 2006. Nigerian Law enforcement is in a state of paralysis right now when it comes to these terror attacks. They are not prepared for it, nonchalance in attitude, and sadly not well armed/trained for this type of insurgency.

I'll be glad to respond to other view points

by: McCarty from: Nigeria
May 25, 2014 5:48 AM
Ali Baba from New York, Jos is not in Kaduna State of Nigeria but is in Plateau State.

by: ali baba from: new york
May 24, 2014 9:21 PM
Jos is a city in Kaduna state ,in Nigeria . the majority of the people living there are Christian. it is clear that the two explosion are targeting Christian community.. although we do not have information about who is responsible ,it is looks that Bk is responsible about that terror attack. it looks that it is getting worst before it is getting better
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by: nikky from: lagos
May 25, 2014 8:55 AM
jos is a city in plateau state not kaduna state. they are border states to one another. our prayers are working, this incident had less casualties- it was the suicide bomber that died in the attempt
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by: Chriss
May 25, 2014 3:02 AM
Jos is in the state of Plateau, it is a Muslim Christian split.
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by: Ibrahim Tukur from: Nigeria
May 24, 2014 11:53 PM
Markets and Tv viewing centres are visited by both Christian and .Muslims who suffered casualities. Pls do'nt be sentimental as you do'nt even know where Jos is in Nigeria.
Let us All pray for an end to this madness.

by: CM
May 24, 2014 8:28 PM
VOA News, check your irresponsible headline. It wasn't a stadium. It was a viewing centre.

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