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Explosives found at church in Jos, central Nigeria: police

In this photo taken on a mobile phone, debris lays strewn over the area after a bomb exploded at a mosque in Jos, Nigeria, Monday, July 6, 2015. (AP Photo)

JOS, Nigeria: Explosives were found at a church in the central Nigerian city of Jos Sunday, police told AFP, adding that the device went off but there were no casualties.

"It was averted because the bomb was detected by the church's security personnel. There were no casualties," said Emmanuel Abuh, spokesman for the state police in Plateau, of which Jos is the capital.

The incident in the north of the city came a week after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a church in the northeastern city of Potiskum, killing the pastor and four other worshippers.

Jos was also targeted last Sunday, when Boko Haram militants fired on a mosque, including with a rocket-propelled grenade, and also hit a restaurant popular with travellers from the restive northeast.

The twin attack left 51 dead and 47 injured.

Boko Haram will likely come under suspicion for the latest incident, as it has repeatedly hit both churches and mosques in the past.

The Islamists claimed a failed suicide attack in the northeastern city of Maiduguri that killed two people Saturday and a suicide bombing in Chad's capital, N'Djamena that left 15 dead.

 

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