Blast rocks Nigerian World Cup viewing venue

2014-06-18 08:52

Damaturu, Nigeria – Witnesses say a suicide bomber in a tricycle taxi triggered an explosion that blasted a World Cup viewing centre in northeast Nigeria, killing several people.

Hospital workers say the death toll is likely to rise with 15 people critically wounded and casualties still coming in at Damaturu, the state capital of Yobe state.

Boko Haram Islamic extremists have targeted football viewing centres and sports bars in recent weeks, killing at least 40 people in two blasts in northern cities.

Witnesses said the tricycle taxi was driven into the outdoor area soon after the Brazil-Mexico match started last night. All witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Nigeria’s military has promised increased security but appears incapable of halting a stream of attacks by extremists holding more than 250 schoolgirls hostage.

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