Christmas Eve bombings in Jos

(CNN) -- Five blasts went off in the Nigerian city of Jos Friday night as residents were clebrating Christmas Eve, leaving dead and injured, a regional government official said.

The exact number of casualties was not determined, but an eyewitness said he counted eight dead.

Choi Gyang, a special advisor to the governor of Nigeria's Plateau state, said two bombs went off in the Angwa Rukuba area of Jos. Within five to 20 minutes, three more blasts happened in the area of Kabong.

"We have a lot of casualties and are struggling to cope," he said.

Hassan John, a Jos resident and journalist with the media department of the Anglican Diocese of Jos, had just come out of church about 7 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) when he heard the sound of the first explosion. He rushed to the site and "by the time I got there, there were women crying, people screaming. It was all chaos, people were screaming, blood everywhere."

"I counted eight corpses," John said.

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