Source: The Moment
THE crisis-torn city of Jos, Plateau State was on Sunday night rocked by two explosions at a popular drinking joint, leading to a yet-to-be-known number of deaths.
Eyewitnesses said the explosions occurred shortly after 8.00 p.m. at a place popularly called ‘Obalende of Jos’ at the West of Mines junction, where fun-seekers gather daily to relax and patronize prostitutes.
A resident of the area said the explosives were loaded in a cellophane bag, while another said they (explosives) were kept in a car parked opposite a popular wine shop called MacDons.
The explosions, which occurred within five minutes interval threw the whole area into pandemonium, sending commuters and residents scampering away from the area.
In their haste to flee the area for fear of more explosions, motorists were said to have run into each other, causing a long traffic snarl-up and more pandemonium.
As at the time of filing this report, there were conflicting reports on the actual number of deaths.
While some eyewitnesses said there were no casualties, others said they saw some injured people being carried away by the security men that came to the scene of the explosion.
Shortly after the explosions, men of Police Anti-Bomb Unit arrived and cordoned off the area.
All attempts to contact the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Emmanuel Ayeni were unsuccessful as his phone was switched off.
By Dave Oludare Oso