by Freya Findlay
At least 14 people were killed and 12 injured in a bomb attack yesterday on a bar that was screening a televised football match in north-eastern Nigeria.
The attack took place in Mubi, Adamawa state, which along with two other states is under emergency rule because of an insurgency waged by Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
However, no one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
“So far we have 14 dead while 12 are injured, some of them critically,” a police spokesman for Adamawa state Usman Abubakar told Reuters by telephone.
The number of casualties is disputed, with preliminary reports from Sahara Reporters putting the death toll as high as at least sixty.
The bar is said to have been popular with civilians and military alike. It was near the headquarters of the Nigerian army’s Special Operations Battallion, which is at the heart of the Nigerian government’s counter-offensive against Boko Haram’s attacks.
The bomb follows months of increasing violence. Last weekend, a suicide bomber’s car blew up before he reached his target of an open-air viewing of a football match in the central city of Jos, but three people were still killed.
The week before, a suicide bombing in Jos killed 118 people, and two bombs on the outskirts of Abuja in April killed 95 between them.
Boko Haram is still holding more than 200 schoolgirls that it abducted on 14 April. Since then, Boko Haram fighters have killed at least 500 civilians, according to a Reuters count.
The Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan as well as other West African heads of State have vowed to wage a war against the insurgent group as the group have filtered their way through the country’s porous borders into neighbouring States like Cameroon and Niger.