One Dead, Many Injured As Bomb Blasts Rock Jos

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Two blasts rocked Jos, the Plateau State capital on Saturday, with one death and a number of injuries reported at a bar where fans watched the Barcelona-Real Madrid match.

One of the explosions was said to have occurred near the outdoor bar where residents were watching the football match.

“Two bombs have just exploded in Jos,” Pam Ayuba, spokesman for the governor of Plateau state, of which Jos is the capital, told AFP. “We are yet to establish the numbers of casualties, but reports I got said some people were injured.”

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He said the blast occurred in an area where Christian and Muslim ethnic groups often clash. Police and military officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

“The blast occurred … close to a soccer viewing centre,” said resident Stanley Ejeh. “The viewing centre was packed with people. There was at least one death while several other injured victims were taken to hospital.”

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A former government official said on condition of anonymity that “many people were wounded”.

The second explosion was heard in another area, but details were unclear.

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