The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that 44 persons were killed while 47 others were injured by the twin blasts in Jos on Sunday night.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that one of the blasts hit a Mosque at Delimi while the second, which went off 15 minutes later, occurred at a restaurant on Bauchi Road.

According to Mr Abdulsalami Mohammed, NEMA Coordinator in the North Central, those injured were taken to the Plateau Specialist Hospital in Jos.

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“ We, however, found that the hospital could not cope with the pressure and decided to move some of the victims to Bingham Hospital and Ola Clinic in Central Jos.

“Most of the victims were left on the bare floor of the wards and we did not think that was proper,’’ he added.

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He said that the attack at the mosque recorded more casualties because the suicide bomber fired into the crowd and killed many people before detonating the bomb after exhausting the bullets.

“In fact, most of those hospitalised have gun shots wounds.

“At the Specialist Hospital, doctors have been battling to remove bullets from the bodies of the victims,’’ he said.

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Mohammed said that the Jos University Teaching Hospital chapter of the Association of Resident Doctors had suspended its strike to help the victims.

“Most of JUTH’s doctors, who reported at the Specialist Hospital to assist, have been deployed to the two other hospitals,’’ he said.