Multiple explosions rock Jos motor park; many feared dead

Multiple explosions have occurred at the Bauchi Road motor park in Jos, the Plateau state capital, and many people are feared killed.

The park is a major bus terminus within Jos, located adjacent the main campus of the University of Jos.

A witness, Awalu Sani, told PREMIUM TIMES the explosions killed a yet unknown number of people, injuring several others and destroying many vehicles.

Another witness, who identified herself as Hurera, said the bombers were driving in a car when they threw the explosive devices and zoomed off.

“Casualty rate might be massive because it happened twice in a busy place, Bauchi Road Motor Park at about 6:45 p.m.,” she said. “The first one exploded at the main motor park, the second one was beside the park.”

She said operatives of the Special Task Force on Jos crisis were seen evacuating bodies and those who sustained injuries to hospitals.

Police authorities in the state have confirmed the incident but said they were unable to determine casualty rate at this time.

The spokesperson of the Plateau state command of the Police, Abuh Emmanuel, told PREMIUM TIMES, “I have just been told of the incident. We have mobilised our men to the scene. For now, I cannot tell you the number of victims.”

The report of the explosion in Jos came hours after another suicide bombing killed 20 people and injured 17 others in Biu, Borno state.

The suicide bomber, driving a tricycle, had scaled through a security checkpoint, blasting himself near a crowded neighbourhood.

The suicide attack occurred at about 3pm when the male bomber sneaked past a the checkpoint which another suicide bomber attacked last Wednesday, and detonated the explosive after alighting from a commercial tricycle, popularly known as Keke Napep.

A witness, who identified himself as Nasiru, ‎said, “The suicide bomber had come off the Keke Napep and was heading towards the roadside when the bomb went off, killing those that were inside the Keke Napep and those standing by the road side.

“Though the suicide bomber did not die immediately, he was later shot dead by angry members of Civillian-JTF. Many have been injured and some have died including the suicide bomber.”


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    They have been dislodged from their natural evil habitat and how best can they announce their evil arrival in town than by suicide bombing. Hell awaits them as their next habitat

  • True

    Usual diversionary tactics of terrorists group under intense pressure. BOKO haram is desperate to divert attention to other things. The army should respond to this attack with more bombardment and focus on this task. My problem is these hijab wearing women allowed everywhere. I saw a group of them in Jos today and my mind skipped that plateau state has not learnt any lesson with the way they allowed these hijab wearing women/men move around without any surveillance. This is beyond religious wear now. It remains the easiest way for the terrorists to reach their target. How do you tell if the fellow wearing the hijab is actually a woman? Muslims need to wake up and address this stereotype constituting danger to our society. I just dislike the sight of any one in that dress and I always move away from them as quickly as possible.