Boko Haram militants killed 50 people in attacks on a restaurant and on a mosque in the central Nigerian city of Jos, emergency service authorities said on Monday.
Abdussalam Mohammed of the National Emergency Management Agency said 67 other people were wounded in the Sunday attack and were being treated in hospitals.
Witnesses who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals said the explosion at the Yantaya mosque came as a leading cleric who preaches peaceful coexistence was addressing a crowd during the holy month of Ramadan.
Another bomb exploded at Shagalinku, a restaurant patronised by elite politicians.
Plateau State police spokesman Emmanuel Abuh had earlier confirmed reports of two attacks in Jos.
“I saw people running out crying, some with bloodstains,” said resident Bashir Abdullahi, describing the scene after he said a suicide bomber ran into the crowded restaurant. “I believe many lives were lost.”
The explosion at the Yantaya mosque came as leading cleric Sani Yahaya of the Jama’atu Izalatul Bidia organisation, which preaches peaceful coexistence of all religions, was addressing a crowd during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to survivors who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Gunmen started shooting sporadically and then there was a loud blast, they said.
“We saw two or three vehicles coming from different directions and we started hearing gunshots from all angles and then a very loud bang, like a bomb being thrown into the mosque,” said witness Abubakar Shehu.
They said they did not know how many worshipers were killed.