At least 21 people were killed Wednesday in an explosion at a Nigerian mall during a World Cup match. The Islamist group Boko Haram was blamed for the attack.
Sahara TV released video from the scene:
FOX News reported:
An explosion blamed on Islamic extremists rocked a shopping mall in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, on Wednesday and police said at least 21 people have been killed.
The blast came as Nigerians were preparing to watch their country’s Super Eagles play Argentina at the World Cup in Brazil. Many shops at the mall have TV screens but it was unclear if the explosion was timed to coincide with the match, which started an hour later.
Witnesses said body parts were scattered around the exit to Emab Plaza, in Abuja’s upscale Wuse 2 suburb. All spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
Billows of black smoke could be seen from a mile away.
“I heard the explosion and (felt) the building shaking,” said Shuaibu Baba, who had a narrow escape. He said he rushed downstairs to find that the driver who had dropped him a few minutes earlier was dead. “I asked the driver to come with me, and he said `No,’ he would wait for me in the car.”
Police Superintendent Frank Mba said 17 people were wounded and 21 bodies were recovered.