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Bomb targets football fans in Nigeria

Reports say at least 40 people have been killed in a bombing on a football pitch in northeast Nigeria.

FILE: Reports say at least 40 people have been killed in a bombing at a football pitch in northeast Nigeria. Picture: AFP.

ABUJA - At least 40 people have been killed in a bombing at a football pitch in northeast Nigeria.

The explosion in the town of Mubi in the Adamawa state appeared to target fans walking across the field and heading home after watching a local match.

An eyewitness in the city said the bomb occurred at about 7pm Sunday evening in an area called Cabang before the start of a night curfew which has been in place in the town for four months.

Police spokesperson confirmed the incident and said about 14 bodies have so far been recovered, while the injured have been evacuated and are receiving treatment at the Mubi cottage hospital.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack although terrorist group Boko Haram is suspected.

40 BOKO HARAM MEMBERS KILLED

Cameroon security forces killed around 40 Boko Haram militants in clashes in the country's far north, state radio said on Sunday, shortly after the release of two Italian priests and a Canadian nun suspected to have been held by the group.

A presidency source confirmed the clashes, which took place west of the town of Kousseri, in the region bordering Nigeria and Chad.

Cameroon, which has been criticised by Nigeria for not doing enough to fight the Nigeria-based Boko Haram, deployed some 1,000 troops to the far north this week as it steps up the fight against the militants.

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