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ICC Note:  44 people have been killed in twin bombings that struck the Nigerian Plateau state capital city of Jos late Sunday night.  The blasts claimed the lives of 23 people in a restaurant and 21 in a mosque.  These attacks cap off a week which saw more than 200 people killed in various Boko Haram assaults across northern Nigeria.  Attacks on Jos raise further fears for Christians, who have lived alongside Muslims with a tense relationship in the city, historically. Many observers believe Boko Haram is attempting to escalate these tensions into sectarian strife.

7/6/15, Jos, Nigeria (BBC) – Two bomb attacks on the central Nigerian city of Jos have left at least 44 people dead, the authorities say.

A restaurant and a mosque were targeted on Sunday night.

No-one has claimed responsibility but militant group Boko Haram has attacked Jos before, even though it is not in north-east Nigeria where the Islamists normally operate.

The blasts are the latest in a series of deadly attacks in recent days which have seen more than 200 people killed.

The attacks came shortly after the Ramadan fast was broken, with both sites full of people.

Of the 44 dead, 23 were killed at the restaurant and 21 at the mosque, Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) says.


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