At least 21 dead after massive bomb blast tears through Nigerian mall as people prepared to watch their soccer team play in World Cup leaving body parts scattered and blood everywhere
- Witnesses said body parts were scattered near Emab Plaza in capital Abuja as black smoke could be seen a mile away
- Police said 21 bodies had been recovered and 17 more people were injured as rescue work continued at the site
- Mall was reportedly teeming with people just an hour before Nigeria’s match against Argentina in Porto Alegre, Brazil
- It should have been a national celebration as Nigeria was guaranteed a place in the next round for first time since 1998
- Bomb also killed 14 at viewing site last week. Coach: ‘How much of a victory is football going to give for those lives?’
- No one has claimed responsibility though attack bore hallmarks of Boko Haram, which has been fighting in northeast
An explosion in a Nigerian shopping mall has killed at least 21 people just an hour before the national football team played Argentina in the World Cup.
Witnesses said the blast left body parts scattered around the Emab Plaza in an upmarket district of Abuja, as billows of black smoke could be seen from a mile away.
It turned what should have been a national celebration into a national tragedy as Nigeria secured its place in the World Cup’s knockout stages for the first time since 1998.
It came a week after 14 people were killed by a suicide bomb while watching the Brazil v Mexico match in Damaturu, Nigeria.
Nigeria football coach Stephen Keshi said after the bombing: ‘How much of a victory is football going to give for those lives? What are they doing these guys? They did it the first game, and they now they did it again, it is sad.’
Devastating: An explosion has killed at least 21 people in a shopping mall in the Nigerian capital Abuja an hour before the national football team started playing in Brazil
Wounded: At least 17 more people were injured in the blast, including this man being helped to safety. The government has said it will check the activities of ‘insurgents’
Brutal: Rescue workers carry the remains of a person in a body bag after the bomb in the crowded mall. Witnesses reported seeing shoppers covered in blood