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51 Boko Haram blast victims buried in Jos

No fewer than 100 people are feared killed in the
Sunday night twin explosions in Jos , the Plateau
State capital .

The state government put the death toll at 44 and 48
injured . But the magnitude of the blast and the
burials that took place yesterday showed that the
death toll was higher .

No fewer than 51 , mostly Muslims , were buried
yesterday , according to Muslim community lawyer
Ahmed Garba .

Sixty - seven people were injured, stated Abdussalam
Mohammed , the coordinator of the National
Emergency Management Agency ( NEMA )
The explosion at the Yantaya Mosque came as cleric
Sani Yahaya was addressing the worshippers ,
survivors said . Yahaya is the national chairman of
the Jama ’ atu Izalatul Bidia organisation , which
preaches that all religions should peacefully coexist .

Garba said the gunmen also opened fire on the
mosque from three directions .

Survivor Danladi Sani said he saw a man dressed in
white take aim at Yahaya, and then blow himself up .
Yahaya was unhurt , Sani added.

“ He is a great Islamic scholar who has spoken out
against Boko Haram, and that is why we believe he
was the target , ” Sani told The Associated Press .

Another bomb exploded at Shagalinku , a restaurant
often patronized by top politicians for its specialties
popular with Muslims , witnesses said .

Sabi ’ u Bako was picking up a takeout meal when he
heard a massive explosion as he walked away with
friends .

“ The restaurant was destroyed , and we saw many
people covered in blood , ” he said . “ We can ’ t believe
that we escaped. ”

The blast was the second of such in the Plateau State
capital after the one that occurred on May 20 , 2014 .

The attack in Dilimi market is the second of its type ,
the first in 2013 left over 50 traders dead . The
second of the attack was the one targeted at Muslim
worshippers .

The explosions which were detonated within ten
minutes interval happened at about 9pm . The first
bomb went off at a Mosque in Yan Taya ( Tire Market )
section of Dilimi Street , Jos North Local Government
of Plateau State . The number of deaths in the
mosque attack could be as high as 100, according to
survivors .

Another eye witness Yahaya Musa said : “ We were
listening to the Islamic sermon been delivered by
Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingre , whose preaching attracts
no fewer than 300 worshippers .

“ The sermons was almost over and the Sheikh was
about to say the closing prayers , then all of a
sudden , we heard gun shots in a sporadic manner
from some gunmen . We rushed out of the Mosque to
discover that we were under attack ; the next was to
think of escape . Initially , we all lay down , but after a
while when the gunmen were coming too close we
decided to get up and run as fast as we could . I ’ m
even surprised that I escaped, so many of my friends
could not escape . ”

A member of First Aid Group , Zekeri Mahmud , said :
“ What happened was the gunmen came in a Hilux
van , we had mounted serious security to check
whoever that is coming for the sermon . But these
gunmen came in a Hilux Van and stopped by the road
side, three people came out of the car and opened
fire on the security guard to dismantle the security at
the entrance , then they headed straight for the
mosque , shooting at worshippers. Some security
guards decided to confront them , worshippers
decided to rush them not knowing the gunmen
carried explosives which they threw at the crowd. ”
The second attack at the restaurant close to Bauchi
Road Motor Park near main campus of University of
Jos was said to have claimed about 20 lives ,
including guests who came to patronise the
restaurant and the young girls serving their
customers . Three of the restaurant attendants were
among the dead at the morgue of the Plateau State
Specialists Hospital .

A lucky man who left the restaurant two minutes
before the explosion said , “ There were up to 20
people in the restaurant that have already been
served and were already eating, more than ten people
were waiting to be served their food , so I left in
annoyance to find an alternative place to eat. But as
soon as I stepped out , I heard a very heavy blast , the
impact of the blast threw me on the ground because I
was very close , and when I recovered from the shock,

I realized that only one person survived from the
people that were inside . I could not believe when I
saw the same people taking their food few minutes
ago laid dead in the pool of their own blood , I thought
I was watching a horror movie , but it is so real”

Residents yesterday rushed to the various hospitals
in the city to identify their own . Some of the bodies
were identified by the survivors and were taken to the
Jos Central Mosque to be buried at dawn . Majority of
other bodies that could not be immediately identified
were taken to nearby hospitals . Before dawn almost
all the known hospital in the city were filled with
victims either dead or injured .

There was panic as people ran between Plateau
Specialists Hospital and Jos University Teaching
Hospital (JUTH ). Others ran to Bingham University
Teaching Hospital ( JUTH ) and Our Lady of Apostle
Hospital .

The state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association
( NMA) appealed to its members to assist in saving
lives . State secretary Dr Menshak Daniel said : “ In
view of what has happened , the situation has
overwhelmed the capacity of the hospital , the
association is appealing to all its members to
assemble in Plateau Specialists Hospital , BUTH ,
JUTH , OLA hospital immediately to help save lives ,
there are so many injured patients requiring urgent
attention , many people are in pain , some need to get
the bullet removed from their bodies , all require one
medical service or the other to survive ”

The NEMA zonal coordinator said : “ We were part of
the team that helped to evacuate victims from the
scene of attack , we came there about 10 pm
immediately after the blast and at about 3 am we had
evacuated 43 bodies from the scenes, with over 40
injured to the hospital .

“ But many bodies were not brought to the hospitals ,
some of them that were identified by their relations
took them to the Central Mosque for burial”
State director of the First Aid Group known as
FITYANUL ISLAM , an Arabic word for (Young Muslim
Congress ) Alhaji Abdullahi Dauda said : “ The
casualties in the Mosque was higher , but it is difficult
to give a total number of the dead because they were
not assembled in one place . Some were taken to
private hospitals , some were taken to more than five
hospitals in the city , so we can ’ t get the total figure of
casualties at the moment , until we go round all the
hospital and take the lists”

Governor Simon Lalong inspected the attacked
mosque in Dilimi and visited those receiving
treatment in the hospitals . He expressed sympathy
with the Muslim Umma and promised he will ensure
the security agencies fish out those behind the
attacks .

He also cancelled his programme : “ In view of the
Security situation in the State occasioned by the
bomb blasts of Sunday 5 th July , 2015 and other
security concerns , the official Flag off and Sales of
Fertilizer for the 2015 Cropping Season , earlier
scheduled for Tuesday , 7 th July , 2015 at Bassa
Local Government Area should be postponed , ” a
statement said .

The statement by his Director of Press and Public
Affairs Samuel Nanle, the governor said : “ The
unfortunate incident of the sporadic bomb blast at
Bauchi Road and Dilimi - Yan Taya and the sporadic
gun shots within the Jos Metropolis on Sunday 5th
July , 2015 in this month of religious piety for the
Moslem Ummah on the Plateau is highly
condemnable. ”

“ The Executive Governor of Plateau State Simon Bako
Lalong is therefore calling on all inhabitants of Jos
North and the entire citizens of the State to remain
calm in the midst of the unfortunate multiple bomb
blasts and sporadic gun shots in the neighbourhood
of Dilimi- Yan Taya and Bauchi Road Jos as at 10 :30
pm .

” It is regrettable that at a time when Moslem faithful
are settled to the fulfillment of a religious obligation ,
agents of death, chaos and anarchy have chosen to
disrupt the peace of the state by orchestrating a
spade of sporadic bomb blast to portray a state of
dissatisfaction that pitches otherwise peaceful
cohabitants against themselves.

“ The Governor commiserates with all the victims of
this heinous act and calls on all citizens of the State
to remain calm and stand in solidarity with one
another in the face of this onslaught by agents of
death on our collective resolve to remain as one
united people inspite of ethnic and religious
difference .

“ The Government of Plateau State is more than
committed to consolidating on the peace process that
has seen the peace loving people of Plateau living in
peace and standing united against the force of terror
which seeks to set the people against themselves and
portray the imaginary existence of religious divide
with deliberate attacks on religious faithful at times
like this .

“ Government will most certainly continue with her on -
going consultative peace dialogue with a view to
fishing out agents of destabilization and wade off the
spade of systematic attacks which seem to show
that the eminent end of insecurity is not at sight .

Gov Lalong called on citizens of the state to remain
united against the enemies of the state , “ We therefore
must stand together in our resolve to put an end to
the current state of insecurity and we trust that the
good Lord , the giver of life and the divine protector of
all lovers of peace will give us the grace, wisdom and
courage to conquer the challenges and stand hand in
hand against the force of terror and enemies of the
State .

“ The Executive Governor wishes to commend the
Security Agencies and the various Aid Groups for
their quick intervention and wishes to direct the
immediate mounting of Snap check points at
But many in the state blamed the state governor
Simon Lalong allowing the security for the state to
relax after his election , a situation they say create
rooms for influx of Commercial motor cycle ridder to
flood the city from neighboring states. The use of
commercial motor cycle was outlawn in Jos since
2012 , but the commercial motorcycle riders , in
fragrant abuse of the law , resumed the streets of Jos
following the emergence of the APC government in
the state . The expectation of citizens for the new
government to enforce the law was not seen .

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