Blast in Nigerian Mosque Kills 45

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Niger: Two bombs exploded at a crowded mosque and an elite Muslim restaurant in Nigeria’s central city of Jos, killing at least 45 people, witnesses said.

There was no immediate official word on the Sunday night blasts or any claim of responsibility. But people blamed Boko Haram, the Nigerian Islamic extremist group that has exploded bombs in the past that killed hundreds in Jos.

The explosion at Yantaya Mosque came as leading cleric Sani Yahaya of the Jama’atu Izalatul Bidia organization, which preaches peaceful co-existence of all religions, was addressing a crowd during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to survivors who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

They said they did not know how many worshippers were killed.

Another bomb exploded at Shagalinku, a restaurant patronized by state governors and other elite politicians seeking specialties from Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north. At least 15 people died there, Mark Lipdo of the Christian-based Stefanos Foundation said.

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