BREAKING NEWS: Explosion Rocks Viewing Center In Yobe, At Least 7 Dead
viewing center in Damaturu, Yobe State.
According to Reuters, the tragedy occurred on
Tuesday soon after the World Cup game, Brazil
vs Mexico, kicked off around 8 pm.
Channels TV reports that scores of people are
feared dead. The injured were said to have been
rushed to the nearby hospitals.
No specific figures regarding deathы have been
provided at the time of filing this report.
However, Osun Defender refers to the medical
sources in hospitals stating that they are
State police commissioner confirmed the
incident to AFP saying:
"There was an explosion outside a soccer
viewing centre here in Damaturu at around 8:15
pm. Our men have deployed to the scene but
it's too early for us to give details."
The site has been reportedly cordoned off.
A member of the medical staff of Sani Abacha
Specialists Hospital in Damaturu told Channels
TV that he had already counted 7 corpses and
added that 15 other people were in critical
It would be recalled that on June 11, a day before
the Mundial start, the Nigerian police claimed
they would enhance surveillance in viewing
venues to protect football fans.
Adamawa State officials even banned football
viewing centers at allfollowing the advice by the
On May 24 three people were killed in the suicide
bomber attack on the football spot in Jos,
Plateau State, where fans were watching the
finals of UEFA Champions League.
Earlier that year, in April, another venue in Yobe
was attacked by gunmen, who left two people
dead and many injured.
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