Jos - Two bombs exploded near a bus station in the central
Nigerian city of Jos on Thursday evening, witnesses said, the second one
killing at least 32 people.
Casualties from the first blast could not immediately be
ascertained and Nigerian security sources could not immediately be reached for
Bomb blasts that bore the hallmarks of insurgents Boko Haram
militants killed 118 people in the same area of Jos in May this year.
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Boko Haram is a Sunni jihadist movement that has been waging
a five-year insurgency to establish an Islamist state in the northeast of the
President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in
three northeastern states last year. The number of attacks has risen sharply
since then, in the run-up to elections in February 2015.
The latest blasts came as both Jonathan's ruling party and
the main opposition coalition agreed on candidates to contest the elections, in
which security is likely to be a major campaign issue. Former military ruler
Muhammadu Buhari will be challenging Jonathan at the polls for the second time.