Suicide Bomber Targets World Cup Watchers in Nigeria

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A suicide bomber killed at least 14 people watching the World Cup in Nigeria last night, and injured at least 27. According to a BBC report, a suicide bomber in a motorized rickshaw detonated explosives as people were gathered around a shop with a television in the window to watch the match between Brazil and Mexico. The incident took place in Damaturu, in the northeastern Yobe state.

Police say 13 people have died, but a hospital worker who spoke with the BBC counted 21 bodies. The Associated Press are reporting at least 14 dead. All the victims are men and young boys, report CNN’s Aminu Abubakar and Kisa Mlela Santiago.

Outdoor gathering for World Cup viewings are popular in Nigeria, but have been banned because of threats from Boko Haram, so the viewing site was technically "illegal," report the Associated Press' Adamu Adamu and Michelle Faul. Yobe is one of three states under a state of emergency following a continued wave of attacks from militant group Boko Haram.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but many believe that Boko Haram are behind it. The BBC reports that Boko Haram and al-Shabab, the Somali Islamist group, have said that watching football is considered un-Islamic. Al-Shabab killed 76 people in Kampala, Uganda, during the 2010 World Cup, and on Monday attacked a coastal town in Kenya, killing 48 people who weren’t Muslim and didn’t know the Somali language, reports NBC News.

Boko Haram, the group, which kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in Nigeria's Borno state in April, continues to bombard the country with violence, and most likely kidnapped dozens more people, mostly women, last week. So far the government and military have proved unable (or unwilling) to stop their campaign.

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