Blast hits fans in Nigeria's Jos, wounds many

By REUTERS
April 25, 2012 02:14

 
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JOS, Nigeria - An explosion shook an outdoor screening of a soccer match in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Tuesday, wounding several people while fans were watching a Champions league match, witnesses said.

There were no immediate no immediate reports of fatalities from the blast during a match between the British club Chelsea and Barcelona.

Drinking houses, churches and public gatherings are frequent targets for the violent sect Boko Haram, whose members regard those who do not follow its strict brand of Islamist ideology as infidels.

"We were just watching the Chelsea match when there was this huge blast that shook the place, and everyone ran off," said John Azi, who was lightly wounded by the blast in Tudun Wada, on the northern outskirts of the ethnically and religiously mixed city.

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