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Nigeria: 30 people killed, over 40 injured as three suicide bombers target 'football fans'

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 17, 2019, 09.21 PM (IST)

At least 30 people were killed in northeast Nigerian state of Borno on Monday after three suicide bombers targeted a place where villagers had gathered to watch a football match on a large screen; news agency Reuters reported.

Three bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometres (24 miles) from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on TV.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Boko Haram group and its Islamic State splinter group have often carried out attacks targeting civilians and the military in Borno state. Their attacks have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and displaced millions of people.

According to the report, the death toll may rise further. Forty people were also injured in the attack.

Boko Haram regards football as un-Islamic and the ultimate demonstration of corrupting Western influence.

Konduga is located some 25km (15 miles) from Maiduguri, the state capital of Borno state.

The Nigerian government says the Boko Haram insurgency, and the rival Islamic State West Africa Province group, have been largely defeated, but they continue to launch attacks on civilian and military targets.

The decade-long insurgency has killed more than 30,000 people and displaced millions of civilians in northeast Nigeria.

(With inputs from agencies)

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 Three bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometres (24 miles) from the Borno state capital Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on TV.