Nigerian City Jos Hit by Blasts, Dozens Reported Dead

Two explosions hit a market in the city of Jos in central Nigeria, leaving at least 16 people dead.

The blasts occurred at about 6:30 p.m. local time yesterday at the Terminus market in the central city of Jos in Plateau state, as traders were closing their stalls, according to police and witnesses.

Sixteen people were confirmed dead and another 25 were taken to hospital with injuries, Captain Ikedechi Iweha, a spokesman for the military in Jos, said by phone. Some local residents, including Tanimu Musa, who helped take injured people to hospital, said they counted more than 30 bodies.

Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, is struggling to contain a rebellion by the Islamist group Boko Haram. The militants have killed more than 13,000 people in the past five years, according to the government.

The Terminus market was the target of another twin bomb attack in May this year, which killed more than 100 people.

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