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Twin Nigeria car bombs kill at least 118

Published on May 21, 2014 6:26 AM
 

LAGOS (AFP) - Twin car bombings in central Nigeria killed at least 118 people and brought entire buildings down Tuesday, in the latest affront to the government’s internationally-backed security crackdown.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan swiftly condemned the attack in the central city of Jos, calling it a “tragic assault on human freedom” and condemning the perpetrators as “cruel and evil”.

“President Jonathan assures all Nigerians that (the) government remains fully committed to winning the war against terror and... will not be cowed by the atrocities of enemies of human progress and civilisation,” his office said.

But the deadly strike and a suicide car bomb attack that killed four in the northern city of Kano on Sunday, will raise fresh questions about the government’s grip on the country’s security.

A young boy pushes a wheelbarrow past he wreckage of a burnt vehicle and burning shops following a bomb blast at Terminus market in the central city of Jos on May 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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