At least 13 killed in bombing of Nigeria
World Cup viewing venue
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[June 18, 2014]
DAMATURU Nigeria (Reuters) - At
least 13 people including young children were killed when a bomb tore
through a venue in northeast Nigeria where fans had gathered to watch a
World Cup soccer match, witnesses said.
Some people at the scene told Reuters an attacker dropped a device
in front of the venue on Tuesday night in the town of Damaturu and
ran off, while others said it was the work of a suicide bomber.
No one claimed responsibility for the blast, but Damaturu and the
surrounding Yobe state are at the heart of a five-year-old
insurgency by Islamist group Boko Haram.
The group was blamed for a an attack on another venue screening
soccer matches in the northeastern state of Adamawa that killed at
least 14 people and wounded 12.
A Reuters reporter at Damaturu's General Sani Abacha Specialist
Hospital counted 13 people dead - including small children - and at
least 20 wounded.
The Nigerian government has advised people to avoid gathering in
public to watch the World Cup, concerned about potential attacks.
Many fans in soccer-mad Africa rely on informal venues - often
open-sided structures with televisions set up in shops and side
streets - to watch live coverage of the sport.
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Boko Haram - whose name roughly translates as "Western education is
sinful" - has declared war on all signs of what it sees as
corrupting Western influence.
The group has killed thousands in its push to carve out an Islamic
state in religiously-mixed Nigeria.
(Reporting by Joe Hemba; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Toby
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