Jos Bombing Survivors Recount Their Ordeal

Jos Bombing Survivors Recount Their Ordeal

Survivors of the bomb blast in Dilimi Yantaya Mosque have narrated their shocking ordeal and given a vivid account of how the explosion occurred in the area.

A widow, identified as Mama Peter, said that she lost two of her children in the Bauchi road motor park blast. The aggrieved woman who was a food vendor at the park said that her children were helping out to serve food to customers before the explosions occurred. Mama Peter was weeping disconsolately when she was narrating her story.

Another resident, Malam Ademu, a dealer of textile materials who miraculously escaped death, disclosed that they were inside the mosque listening to a sermon when suddenly they heard sporadic gunfire coming from all directions and laud explosions.

The man recalled that when the explosions occurred, the light went out and the whole place was plunged into total darkness. The panic-stricken people were falling over themselves, crying for help. He added that dead bodies littered the ground, while those who sustained serious injuries were crawling around.

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Visiting the Plateau specialist hospital in Jos, Leadership correspondent observed that corpses littered the ground as relatives of victims tried to identify them. However, many of them were mutilated beyond recognition.

A medical worker who pleaded for anonymity said that some of the corpses were yet to be claimed because they were burned and mutilated.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the twin explosions that rocked Jos, Plateau state, on July 5, has risen to 44. It was gathered that some of the dead had been buried, while the injured are receiving medical treatment at various hospitals in the state.

Mohammed Abdulsalam, the coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency, said that a majority of the wounded were admitted at the intensive care unit of the Plateau specialist hospital.

“This was the first hospital we brought them to but because of the casualty figure, the hospital facility was overstretched so we took some of them to Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jankwano and Our Lady of Apostle Hospital,”  he added.


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