Twin bomb blasts hit Jos motor park

TWIN-BOMB

• ‘ISIS trying to radicalise young Nigerians’

TWO separate bomb blasts yesterday rocked the Bauchi Road axis of Jos North Local Government in Plateau State, leaving behind many casualties.

 The incident occurred as the Federal Government issued an alert to Nigerians that agents of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are trying to radicalize the nation’s youth through the social media and other sources.

  It was gathered that two of the blasts occurred opposite the University of Jos main campus, close to the Pharmacy Gate of the institution.

  The number of casualties at the time of sending this report was still unknown. But at the scene of one of the blasts at the entrance of the Bauchi Road Motor Park, six bodies were being packed into the Special Task Force (STF) Hilux van for evacuation to Jos University Teaching Hospital.

An eyewitness told The Guardian at the scene that other casualties had been evacuated by the military. However, a student of the institution who gave her name as Grace, said: “We heard two loud explosions,” adding that this created tension around the campus.

According to her, “when we heard the loud explosions, students started scampering for help. As I speak to you now, we are still in fear. We don’t know how many persons are involved. I pray that our students are not among the casualties.” The students of the institution are currently writing their second semester examinations, which were suspended three months ago due to protests by the students.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abuh Emmanuel, said he was yet to get details of the blasts. He however said he would keep journalists abreast of developments regarding the blasts. 

    Spokesman of the STF, Capt. Ikedichi Iweha, also said he would get back to The Guardian after getting the details. At the time of filing this report, neither of them had called nor could be reached on their mobile phones.

  The alert on ISIS was made by the Coordinator, National Information Center (NIC), Mike Omeri, while briefing journalists on the security situation of the country yesterday in Abuja 

 His words: “Centre also wishes to alert the nation of intelligence reports indicating the radicalisation of our youths through the social media and a variety of other sources. 

  “The reports show that these youths who are mostly children of the rich and affluent are being recruited into ISIS.  We, therefore, call on parents and guardians, especially those whose wards are schooling abroad, to closely monitor the activities of these students who may be susceptible to the antics of the promoters of the ISIS ideology.”

Omeri also urged Nigerians to be patriotic and appreciate the effort and sacrifice of the military and security personnel for the selfless manner in which they are prosecuting  the anti-terror war. 

  “We also call on our citizens to shun the trend of cynicism among some unpatriotic Nigerians who have chosen to ascribe the recent success in the anti-terror war to external efforts, instead of the untiring efforts of Nigerian troops.” 

   Speaking on the recent successes recorded by the military, he said: “This success includes the stiff resistance against insurgents’ incursion into the country at several locations and the recapture of several towns and settlements which had Boko Haram presence earlier.



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