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Bloodstains seen on the street and damage buildings following a suicide bombing at a World Cup viewing center in Damaturu, Nigeria, on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. / Adamu Adamu, AP

An explosion ripped through a viewing center on Tuesday for people watching World Cup Soccer in Damaturu in northern Nigeria, killing at least 14 people, according to the Associated Press.

WItnesses said the blast happened after a suicide bomber steered a tricycle packed with explosives to the venue where people were viewing the game between Brazil and Mexico.

Damaturu is a town in the state of Yobe, one of three northeastern Nigerian states under a state of emergency since May due to attacks by the militant group Boko Haram, according to the Guardian, a Nigerian news organization.

Boko Haram is the terror organization responsible for kidnapping 300 Nigerian girls in April that prompted the global "Bring Back Our Girls" campaign. The United Nations last month sanctioned the group that has ties to al Qaeda.

Police Assistant Superintendent Nathan Cheghan told the AP Wednesday that 14 people were killed and 26 were wounded in the attack in Damaturu, capital of Yobe state.

At least two Nigerian states banned viewing centers, open-air spaces where soccer fans gather to watch games on a big screen, after attacks suspected to have been orchestrated by the militant Boko Haram.

In April, gunmen suspected to be representing Boko Haram stormed a packed venue where people were watching soccer championship matches and shot two people dead.

Last week, the northeastern Nigerian state of Adamawa banned all viewing centers from opening saying officials had intelligence of planned bomb attacks, according to the Guardian.

Two explosions in recent weeks killed at least 40 people in two northern cities.



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