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Bomb Attacks In Nigeria Kill At Least 44

The two explosions took place inside a crowded mosque and a high-end Muslim restaurant in the country's central city of Jos.

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Two bomb attacks in Nigeria's central city of Jos killed at least 44 people on Monday, The Associated Press reported.

The explosions took place inside a packed mosque and an elite Muslim restaurant-- Nigerian government officials have blamed Monday's attacks on Sunni extremist group Boko Haram.

According to eyewitness reports, the bomb at Yantaya Mosque went off as leading religious leader Sani Yahaya from the Jama'atu Izalatul Bidia organization, was addressing the crowd. Jama'atu Izalatul Bidia is known for being a proponent of peaceful co-existence amongst all religions.

The second bomb exploded at Shagalinku, a restaurant favoured by the local political elite.

The city of Jos is split between Nigeria's Muslim majority from the north and the majority Christian population from the south. In the last few months, Boko Haram extremists have reportedly killed hundreds of people on both sides.

Monday's carnage was part of a series of attacks, most of which perpetrated by Boko Haram, since military strongman and northern Muslim Muhammadu Buhari came to power on May 29.

On Sunday, insurgents also killed nine villagers and burned 32 churches to the ground, as well as 300 homes in Borno state, Stephen Apagu, chairman of a vigilante self-defense group told AP.

Buhari was elected on the promise he would rid the country from the Sunni jihadi group — something his southern Christian predecessor Goodluck Jonathan failed to do during his five years in power.

Last year, Boko Haram officially became ISIS' franchise in west Africa, as it attempts to carve out a self-sufficient Islamic state, or caliphate, in multi-ethnic and multi-faith Nigeria.

Felipe Araujo is the overnight homepage editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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