UPDATE: Jos Explosion caused by car bomb, casualty ‘massive’ – NEMA

File Photo: Jos May 20 bomb explosion

The NEMA official said while he cannot categorically give casualty figure, there was an alarming number of dead bodies at the scene of the blast.

The National Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday evening said the casualty figure from the bomb explosion in Jos was ‘massive.’

The NEMA Coordinator for the North Central, Abdulsalam Abubakar, also said the explosive devices were placed in cars.

“I can’t tell you the figure of those killed by the blasts now, because we are still evacuating bodies from the scene,” Mr. Abubakar said.

“The only thing I can say is that the casualty figure is very massive. It is a catastrophe.

“The bombers parked the cars and left the explosives to detonate. It was in the market and at a peak period. So, you can only imagine what could have happened,’’ he added.

The NEMA official said dead bodies and mutilated human parts were being deposited at the old and new Jos University Teaching Hospitals, as well as the Plateau Special Hospital.

“There are also a massive number of people injured. We have conveyed some to various hospitals,’’ he said.

He said that an idea of the number of casualties was only possible after the rescue operation.

“We will have to first finish the operation and then visit the various hospitals. For now, we are only picking dead bodies all over the place,’’ Mr. Abubakar said.

The two explosive devices went off in a space of about 15 minutes at the Terminus Market, also known as Jos Main Market, between Railway Terminus and temporary site of the Jos University Teaching Hospital.

The Plateau Commissioner of Police, Chris Olapke, also said it was difficult to confirm the casualty figure immediately.

“We are still busy at the scene. We shall speak later,’’ he said.

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