Bomb in Nigeria Hits World Cup Fans

They were gathered watching soccer
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2014 6:28 PM CDT
This photo is from May 21 at another bombing in Nigeria, in the central city of Jos.   (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

(Newser) – Boko Haram appears to have taken aim at World Cup soccer fans in Nigeria. A suicide bomber triggered a blast at an open-air viewing center in the northeast city of Damaturu, reports AFP. The AP has the death toll in the immediate aftermath at "several people," but it's expected to rise given the number of casualties being brought to local hospitals. Boko Haram has set off deadly bombs at two other sports-related venues in the last several weeks, prompting authorities in some locales to close their World Cup viewing centers, reports the BBC. Leader Abubakar Shekau views the sport as a distraction from religion. (Read more Nigeria stories.)

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