Bombs in mosque and restaurant kill 44 in Nigeria

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Jos, Nigeria.

TWO bombs which exploded on Sunday night (July 5) in Jos, Nigeria, are believed to have killed at least 44 people, and injured scores more. The blasts took place in a mosque and a restaurant.
The attacks concluded a week of bloody violence in Nigeria which has seen five more incidents or terrorism in just six days, including a rampaging army of 50 gunmen believed to have slaughtered 97 people in the village of Kukawa, near Lake Chad in the far north east of the country, on Wednesday.
No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s bombings, although Boko Haram is being widely blamed. It has been suggested that the target of the bombing of the mosque may have been aimed at the imam who was speaking there at the time.
Sheikh Muhammad Sani Yahya Jingir survived the attack, where the explosion was preceded by shooting. The high-profile preacher is one of Nigeria’s most vocal critics of Boko Haram.
Boko Haram took control of large swathes of north-east Nigeria in a coup last year. Much of the land has now been retaken by the Nigerian government, but terrorist attacks have been increasing in recent weeks.

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