Bomb kills at least 14 at Nigerian TV viewing centre

2014-06-02 10:31

A bomb blast targeting a television viewing centre for football in north-east Nigeria killed at least 14 people and wounded 12, police and the military have said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast yesterday in Gavan in the Mubi area of Adamawa state. Islamist militant group Boko Haram, whose struggle for an Islamic state is concentrated in the north-east, would be the prime suspect.

“So far we have 14 dead while 12 are injured, some of them critically,” police spokesperson for Adamawa state Usman Abubakar said. He had no further details.

The group has set off several bombs across north and central Nigeria over the past two months, repeatedly causing carnage.

“I heard a loud blast. The place is near the market, which I had just left. I ran,” said John Audu, a resident of the town.

Last weekend, a suicide bomber set out to strike an open-air viewing of a football match in the central city of Jos, but his car blew up before reaching the target, killing three people.

A suicide bombing the week before in Jos killed 118 people, and two bombs on the outskirts of Abuja in April killed 95 between them. Boko Haram, now seen as the main security threat to Africa’s biggest economy and top oil producer, has killed

thousands since launching an uprising in 2009.

The group is still holding more than 200 schoolgirls that it abducted on April 14, sparking international outrage. Nigeria’s president said on Thursday he had ordered “a full-scale operation” against Boko Haram and sought to reassure parents of the kidnapped girls that their children would be freed.

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