BREAKING NEWS: Explosion Rocks Viewing Center In Yobe, At Least 7 Dead

By 08:13 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 Comments


Explosion has reportedly rocked the football

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

reporting casualties.

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.

UPDATE:

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

condition.

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

military.

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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