Saturday 27 December 2014

13 killed in Nigeria as bomb tears through venue where World Cup fans gathered for match

Published 18/06/2014 | 08:37

A suicide bomber triggered an explosion at a World Cup viewing centre in Nigeria, during the match between Brazil and Mexico (AP)
A suicide bomber triggered an explosion at a World Cup viewing centre in Nigeria, during the match between Brazil and Mexico (AP)

At least 13 people were killed and 20 injured after a bomb tore through a venue in the northeast Nigerian town of Damaturu where fans had gathered to watch a World Cup soccer match.

A Reuters reporter at the local General Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital on Wednesday counted 13 people dead - including small children - and at least 20 injured.

Some of the injured eyewitnesses told Reuters it was the work of a suicide bomber, while others said an attacker dropped a device in front of the venue and ran off.

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