44 people were killed in bombs at
Yantaya mosque in Jos, Nigeria.
Jos - Two bombs blamed on the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram exploded at a crowded mosque and an elite Muslim restaurant in Nigeria's central city of Jos, killing 44 people, officials said on Monday.
Sixty-seven other people were wounded in the attacks on Sunday night and were being treated at hospitals, said National Emergency Management Agency co-ordinator Abdussalam Mohammed.
The explosion at the Yantaya Mosque came as leading cleric Sani Yahaya of the Jama'atu Izalatul Bidia organisation, 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.
Another bomb exploded at Shagalinku, a restaurant patronised by state governors and other elite politicians seeking specialties from Nigeria's mainly Muslim north.
Jos is a hotspot for violent religious confrontations, located in the centre of the country where Nigeria's majority Muslim north and mainly Christian south collide. The city has been targeted in the past by bomb blasts claimed by Boko Haram extremists that have killed hundreds of people.