Smoke rises after a bomb blast at a bus terminal in Jos, Nigeria, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
Two massive explosions tore through a crowded marketplace and bus station in the central Nigerian city of Jos, killing at least 46 people and raising fears of mounting chaos in the region
Two car bombs exploded near a crowded market and a bus terminal in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Tuesday, killing at least 46 people, police said.
No group has claimed responsibility, the BBC reports, though suspicions quickly turned on the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which has previously targeted the city in an extended campaign of bombings, shootings and abductions, including the April kidnapping of more than 250 schoolgirls.
The bomb blasts could be heard from miles away, AP reports, and imagesuploaded to Twitter showed plumes of black smoke rising above the city. Witnesses toldthe BBC that they saw bodies outside of the city hospital that were charred beyond recognition.
Jos, a city of half a million people some 300 miles northeast of the nation’s capital, sits on a sectarian fault line that has previously eruptedinto violent land disputes between Muslims and Christians, nomads and farmers.
The attack coincides with a parliamentary vote on Tuesday to extend a declared state of emergency in three north-eastern states, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, the BBC reports. The states comprise strongholds of Boko Haram, in which the government has attempted to find the abducted schoolgirls.