A NEW dimension was brought into the lingering bloodbath in Jos, Plateau State, when on December 24, as people were busy with last minute shopping for Christmas celebrations, some unknown persons detonated a series of bombs that ripped through an evening market close to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in the Kada-Biu and Angwan Rukuba areas of Jos North Local Government killing over 80 people with scores maimed or badly injured. The casualty figure is far more than the initial seven people reported. The injured were rushed to various hospitals in town for treatment.
The unprovoked attack, which occurred around 7.30 p.m. was clearly targeted at innocent people with the sole aim of causing mayhem and disrupting the Christmas celebrations in the state. Scores of residential houses and vehicles were damaged in the vicinity of the explosions. The ensuing pandemonium caused people to scamper for safety. Men, women and children were caught in the maze. Eyewitnesses said the blasts occurred simultaneously in three different parts of the area, indicating this was a well-planned and coordinated vicious attack
Copyright, Blaise APLOGAN, 2010,© Bienvenu sur Babilown
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