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Nigeria Car Bombing Death Toll At 118, Expected To Rise

Reports say at least 118 were killed in twin car bombings in the Nigerian city of Jos, and the death toll is expected to rise.
Posted at 9:50 AM, May 21, 2014

The death toll is expected to rise in the Nigerian city of Jos as rescue workers sift through debris in the wake of Tuesday's twin car bombs.

"Around 3 o'clock this afternoon, one car bomb exploded, and as locals were gathering to help the injured, another car bomb exploded. ... It really was designed to create maximum damage, cause maximum injuries and impact." (Via CNN)

CNN reports at least 118 were killed by the two bombs, which went off in the crowded Terminus market.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but many analysts say it bears all the markings of terrorist group Boko Haram.

The Wall Street Journal spoke to a Cambridge University researcher who said the bombings could be a continued effort by the group to incite religious violence in the city. 

"The wider implication is the potential for it to destabilize the city and put it back into rioting again. They're trying to destabilize Jos again and spark more religious violence." (Via The Wall Street Journal)

But the BBC's Will Ross says while Boko Haram's attacks are often seen as religious violence, they're actually often about gaining power.

"The clashes that have gone on for the last 10 years or so ... are often portrayed as religious violence. ... They're rooted in access to land, access to power, access to jobs." ​(Via BBC)

Following the attack, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan spoke out against terrorism in the country. Time quotes him: "This administration will not be cowed by the atrocities of enemies of human progress and civilization."

The Washington Post reports the Nigerian Senate has since extended a state of emergency in three cities as the government attempts to quell terrorist activity in the country. 

This new round of violence comes after the country made headlines for its slow response to the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. (Via Twitter / @FLOTUS)