Bomb blast rocks Nigeria

2014-06-18 11:39
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Cape Town - Nigeria has been rocked by a bomb explosion at a World Cup viewing centre in the state of Yobe on Tuesday which left seven people dead and 15 critically injured.

The attack, carried out by a suicide bomber, reportedly took place at 20:15 local time while fans were watching the World Cup match between hosts Brazil and Mexico.

Nigerian authorities had already been on high alert, with many states even canceling the proposed viewing stations for fear of terrorist attacks from Islamic militant group Boko Haram.

"There was an explosion outside a soccer viewing centre here in Damaturu at around 20:15," Sanusi Ruf’ai, police commissioner for Yobe state, told AFP news agency.

"Our men have deployed to the scene but it’s too early for us to give details."

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