Explosives found at church in Jos, central Nigeria: police

Jos (Nigeria) (AFP) – Explosives were found at a church in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Sunday, police and the Red Cross told AFP, adding that the device went off but there were no casualties.

“It was averted because the bomb was detected by the church’s security personnel. There were no casualties,” said Emmanuel Abuh, spokesman for the state police in Plateau, of which Jos is the capital.

The Nigerian Red Cross said the explosion happened at the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) premises in the Tudun Wada area of the city, near the building’s toilet.

“There was no one there and so no injured and no dead,” spokesman Nwakpa Okorie Nwakpa said in a text message.

The incident in the north of the city came a week after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a church in the northeastern city of Potiskum, killing the pastor and four other worshippers.

Jos was also targeted last Sunday by Boko Haram militants who fired on a mosque, including with a rocket-propelled grenade. They also hit a restaurant popular with travellers from the restive northeast.

The twin attack left 51 dead and 47 injured.

Boko Haram will likely come under suspicion for the latest incident, as it has repeatedly hit both churches and mosques in the past.

The Islamists claimed a failed suicide attack in the northeastern city of Maiduguri that killed two people on Saturday and a suicide bombing in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena that left 15 dead.


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