LAGOS, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday condemned the bomb blasts in central city of Jos that claimed 46 persons and injured 45 others.
In a statement made available to Xinhua, the Nigerian leader described the perpetrators of the tragic assault on human freedom as cruel and evil.
Nigerian security agencies have confirmed the death of 46 people in the twin bomb blasts that hit the Terminus Market in Jos on Tuesday afternoon. Police Commissioner Chris Olakpe told reporters 45 people were injured.
Jonathan directed all relevant agencies to mobilize support and relief efforts in aid of the victims.
The Nigerian leader assures all citizens that the government remains fully committed to winning the war against terror, and this administration will not be cowed by the atrocities of enemies of human progress and civilization.
It was not clear whether Boko Haram, a terror group operating in the northern part of Nigeria since 2009, had a hand in the explosions. The group had claimed responsibility for some recent bombings in the West African country.
Tuesday's bombings occurred barely 48 hours after an explosion hit a Christian-dominated area in Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Sunday night, killing five people, according to state officials.
Plateau State is situated in Nigeria's middle belt where the Muslim-dominated north and the Christian-majority south meet. The state capital Jos was plunged in a pool of blood on March 7, 2010, when members of local Muslim and Christian communities fought each other in revenge for previous killings.
The state has witnessed some bomb blasts and constant rifts between Berom and Fulani herdsmen, with many, especially women and children, murdered in cold blood in the state.
Nigeria is currently grappling with security challenges, one of which is the insurgency of Boko Haram, which seeks to enshrine the Islamic Sharia law in the constitution.