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Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Two people were wounded in twin bomb attacks late yesterday in Nigeria’s central city of Jos, a region racked by violence between Christian and Muslim ethnic groups, according to the military.
“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 President Goodluck Jonathan directed the military’s Chief of Defense Staff Oluseyi Petinrin to “take all necessary actions to stop the recent spate of killings,” according to a statement e-mailed today from his office in Abuja, the capital. Jonathan will meet with Plateau state Governor Jonah Jang tomorrow on the worsening security situation, the statement added.
Authorities in Nigeria blame Boko Haram, a militant group inspired by Afghanistan’s Taliban movement, for a wave of violence since last year targeting government buildings and security forces. 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-based International Crisis Group.
--Editors: Dulue Mbachu, Emily Bowers.
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