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Jos, Nigeria, blast was car bomb, police say

Rescuers carry a body recovered from a burnt shop at the scene of twin bomb blasts at terminus market in the central city of Jos on May 21, 2014Jos (Nigeria) (AFP) – An explosion that killed at least three people in the central Nigerian city of Jos was hidden in a car, police said on Sunday, as an investigation opened into the second deadly blast within a week. “It was a vehicle-borne IED (improvised explosive device),” said Chris Olakpe, the commissioner of police for Plateau state, of which Jos is the capital. That includes the bomber,” he told AFP but did not say whether the explosion, which happened at about 9:30 pm (2030 GMT) on Saturday, was an attempted suicide attack. Manzo Ezekiel, spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said the explosion was of a lower intensity than Tuesday’s twin car bomb attack in Jos, which killed at least 118.

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