NEMA confirms 3 dead, 38 injured in Jos church blast

Boko Haram has become Nigeria's biggest headache of the moment

The National Emergency Management Agency has confirmed that three persons died in the suspected suicide car explosion at COCIN church, Jos.
The dead include the suspected bomber whose body was said to be shredded to pieces.
A statement by NEMA spokesperson, Yushau Shuaibu, said 38 other victims are on admission in hospitals in the city for treatment.
Mr Shuaibu said Nema and the Red Cross have completed evacuation of victims at the scene.

Below is our earlier post on the incident.

There are reports of a fresh bomb explosion in Jos, the Plateau State capital, this morning.

Reports say a suicide bomber targetting COCIN, one of the most popular churches in the city, detonated his explosive-laden car when he was stopped for screening by security operatives. The explosion reportedly went off while service was already underway in the church.

Details of the incident are still sketchy, and the casualty rate is not yet clear. The Red Cross is said to be evacuating bodies while the police have cordoned off the area.
A source who said he was at the scene of the blast told us the suicide bomber and three others died in the incident. Police spokesperson for the state could not be reached for comments.

Residents suspect the extremist Boko Haram sect is behind the attack.


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