More details on the Jos Bomb Blast have come in and at least 12 have been reported dead. It has also been reported that it is two bombs that went off – one by Bauchi Rd Motor Park which is just by the University of Jos, while the second was exactly by the main campus gate of the University of Jos detonated around 4.30 pm.
It was gathered that the second targeted the students, who were just trooping out of the school after the day’s lectures and examinations. The school had just resumed on Monday for the second semester examinations after it was shut down in November last year following students protest.
While one report said it exploded opposite Shemsak Hotel, a spot frequented by the students and which is directly opposite the Faculty of Medical Sciences, other reports said it went off in front of a pharmacy, opposite the school gate.
Most of the victims were said to be taking shelter from a downpour, which started at about 3.45pm, the first in the city of Jos this year. Another source said the blast at the Bauchi Road motor park was carried out by a female suicide bomber, who entered the park wearing a Hijab.
Executive President of Stefanos Foundation, Mr. Mark Lipdo, quoting security sources, put the casualty figure at 12, but a student of the school, who identified herself as Grace, said the figure could be higher. According to her, when the bomb exploded, there was confusion in the campus as students ran helter skelter.
She added that there was also traffic jam along the busy Bauchi road as motorists hurriedly turned back to escape the commotion.
She said, “Because it was raining, everybody was trying to take shield and so nobody noticed the bomber.”
Here are some graphic pictures obtained by eyewitnesses. Proceed with extreme caution as the pictures are very graphic.