Two people were wounded in twin bomb attacks late yesterday inNigeria’s central city of Jos, a region racked by violence between Christian and Muslim ethnic groups, a military spokesman said.
“Two people were wounded, but no death was recorded,” Charles Ekeocha, a spokesman for the military task force in the area, said today by phone from the city. The explosions took place in the Plateau state capital’s West of Mines open-air site, a popular area with bars and shops.
Nigerian authorities blame Boko Haram, a militant Islamic group inspired by Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, for a wave of bombings and killings since last year. The group claimed responsibility for the Aug. 26 suicide car-bomb attack on a United Nations building that claimed 23 lives and wounded 71 in the capital, Abuja, and multiple blasts on Christmas Eve in Jos that killed 80 people.
Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, is roughly split between a mainly Muslim north and a predominantly Christian south. More than 14,000 people died in ethnic and religious clashes in the West African nation between 1999 and 2009, according to the Brussels-basedInternational Crisis Group.