Another Explosion Rocks Jos

Barely four days after a similar one, another explosion has rocked Jos, Plateau State capital.

The explosion this time around targeted a football viewing Center where patrons had gathered to watch the UEFA Champions league final match between Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid on Saturday night. The viewing Center was located along Bauchi Road in Jos.

Eyewitnesses said that the blast occurred at about 9.30pm local time near a busy television viewing centre located close to the University of Jos main campus.

Some of the witnesses also said that the suicide bomber died in the blast alongside at least 7 other persons though the Plateau State Police Commissioner, Mr. Chris Olakpe said the blast killed three persons including the lone bomber.

The Police Commissioner explained that the bomber who was inside a vehicle detonated the bomb before he reached the viewing center possibly out of fear because of the presence of security operatives and the number of youths watching the sensational soccer match up.

Olakpe said, “I can confirm to you that three people were killed and three others were wounded. The dead included the lone bomber.

“The injured included one Alhaji Bello and his son, the owner of the house in front of where the bomb went off. They have been taken to the hospital for treatment.”

In the meantime, Jonah Jang, the Plateau State governor has urged residents of the state to remain calm and have faith that the war on terrorism will soon be won.

Jang stated this in a statement signed by his Director of Press, James Mannok in reaction to the incident.

The governor regretted that this attack, came barely four days after a similar one. He added that it is a calculated attempt to disrupt the peace, which has since returned to the state.

A similar explosion around a train station and a busy market killed about 118 persons last week in Jos.

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Adejuwon Soyinka

Adejuwon Soyinka was former Deputy General Editor, TELL Magazine and Editor, www.tell.ng, the online publication of TELL Communications Limited

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