Boko Haram Blamed as Nigeria Blasts Kill 118
Twin bombs hit busy market, bus station
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 21, 2014 12:59 AM CDT
An injured woman is carried to a small truck in Jos, Nigeria yesterday.   (AP Photo/Stefanos Foundation)

(Newser) – Two car bombs exploded at a bustling bus terminal and market in Nigeria's central city of Jos yesterday, killing at least 118 people, wounding dozens and leaving bloodied bodies amid the flaming debris. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the twin car bombs. But they bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group that abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls last month and has repeatedly targeted bus stations and other locations where large numbers of people gather. The second blast came a half-hour after the first, killing some of the rescue workers who had rushed to the scene.

Boko Haram has claimed other recent attacks, including two separate bomb blasts last month that killed more than 120 people and wounded more than 200 in Abuja, the nation's capital. More than 300 people were killed in a May 5 attack on the town of Gamboru, near the Cameroon border, where insurgents identified by residents as Boko Haram militants razed dozens of homes, more than 1,000 shops, and hundreds of vehicles. President Goodluck Jonathan, who has been strongly criticized for his government's failure to prevent militant attacks or rescue the missing schoolgirls, extended sympathies to affected families in a statement, assuring "all Nigerians that the government remains fully committed to winning the war against terror."

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ninjarolamo
May 21, 2014 11:22 AM CDT
L.O.L. @ MitchinThailand... I really dislike how un-educated your post was... Do a little research first, and then you have every right to go on your baseless rants. "There ain't no oil in Nigeria... why should we give a shite about them?" Quite the opposite as there's plenty of oil in Nigeria. We import a shit-ton of petroleum from them. Even without the oil, they're still our leading Sub-Saharan trade designate and we are their largest foreign investor by far... Soo...
MitchinThailand
May 21, 2014 10:23 AM CDT
20 May: Twin bomb attacks killed at least 118 people in the central city of Jos 18 May: Suicide blast on a busy street in northern city of Kano kills four, including a 12-year-old girl 5 May: Boko Haram militants slaughter more than 300 residents in the town of Gamboru Ngala 2 May: Car bomb claims at least 19 lives in the Nigerian capital, Abuja 14 April: Twin bomb attack claimed by Boko Haram kills more than 70 at an Abuja bus station; the same day, the group abducts more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote northern town of Chibok Let's see - is there a US presence in Nigeria fighting these "Islamic extremist" terrorists? No. Why not? There ain't no oil in Nigeria... why should we give a shite about them? Oh, you really think we're going to fight terrorists WHEREVER they are?! HAHAHAHA! That was just Bush (Sr. - and EVERY president and politician thereafter) getting a little "patriotic" for the cameras. Don't take them too seriously. We only fight terrorists where it's good for America.
HANKHILL
May 21, 2014 9:48 AM CDT
would like to be a used car dealer in that area! biz is boooooooooooommming