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Hours after a suicide bomber detonated explosives packed into a tricycle taxi at an outdoor World Cup viewing site in northeast Nigerian, police said the death toll was 14 with 26 people wounded.

Witnesses said the tricycle taxi was driven into the outdoor area in Damaturu, capital of Yobe state, soon after the Brazil-Mexico match started Tuesday night.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Boko Haram, an armed Islamic group that wants to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state, was suspected.

Police Assistant Superintendent Nathan Cheghan said Wednesday that 14 people were killed and 26 were wounded in the attack. He said rescue workers had been careful about rushing to the scene for fear of secondary explosions. Boko Haram group frequently detonates secondary explosions to kill those who help victims from the first bomb.

Security experts have warned that Islamic militants might attack crowds watching the World Cup in public places in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda, as they did in 2010 in Uganda. The explosions in Kampala, Uganda, at two sites where people watched the 2010 World Cup final on TV killed 74 people. Al-Shabab, a Somali insurgent group, set off those bombs.

Nigeria’s military has promised increased security but appears incapable of halting a stream of attacks by extremists holding more than 250 schoolgirls hostage.

The kidnapping of the girls two months ago and failure of Nigeria’s military and government to rescue them has roused international concern. The United States is searching for the girls with drones and has sent experts along with Britain and France to help in counter-terrorism tactics and hostage negotiation.

Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau has threatened to sell the girls into slavery unless the government agrees to exchange them for detained extremists, but President Goodluck Jonathan has said he will not exchange prisoners. Nigeria’s military has said it knows where the girls are but that any military campaign could get them killed.

Boko Haram wants to Shariah, or Islamic law, to be applied in all of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation whose people are almost equally divided between Christians in the south and Muslims in the north.


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  • constance

    Why do black people keep killing each other? I wish someone would explain why this type of sustained civil conflict primarily happens in Africa ?

    • Me

      ?! all of africa ain’t at war. and african nations ain’t the only ones warring internally. folks in iraq & syria just set up that whole isis foolishness recently, jews & palestinians are down to war til they wipe each other out permanently, north korea been poking south korea in the eye since forever… this ain’t just an african thing. a lot of what’s going on in nigeria is radical islamic terrorism. that ain’t a black on black issue. that’s all ideology.

    • constance

      IAnalready posted a response, so this may be a double. My response was that I never claimed that the entire continent of Africa was at war. I was was saying that African countries tend to have tsome of the longest running civil wars in the world, I think something like six million people have been killed in the long running armed conflict in the Congo, not to mention the genocide in Rwanda, and the current senseless conflict in the Central African Republic and the South Sudan.

      Civil war is unfortunately far too common in some African countries.

    • Me

      i got you, but i think you’re using recent events and calling it “the longest running”. my post pointed out lots of non-african parts of the world that have been warring much longer than what you see happening in africa today.

    • Tonididitonem

      Lmaoooo like if she doesn’t go pick up a history book smh some non black countries been at each other’s necks since the mid 60s and she’s out here calling months long wars “longest running” Rwandan conflict lasted from April to July of ’94. Biafran war lasted from ’67-’70 but she’s out here saying longest conflicts. Girl bye.

    • Tonididitonem

      Soooooo 5-6 countries being at war in a continent with 57 countries automatically equals africans are always at war?! Oh sis. Please stop.

    • Tonididitonem

      Didn’t even see your comment before I posted mine. You expressed my thoughts perfectly. There wasn’t even a need for me to write back to her reactionary ass.

    • Tonididitonem

      Firstly, do you own a TV have you seen Ukraine, Syria, Egypt, Libya and the Arab spring in general?! Have you seen how long Israel and Palestine have been at war?

      Secondly, you need to know what a civil conflict means. This isn’t two sects or tribes or opposing parties at war this is terrorism. Similar to the terrorists that invade other countries and are responsible for the London bombings and 9/11

      Lastly, as a nigerian woman let me give you some history. The last “civil conflict” we had was the biafran war in the 1950s and if you think africa has some of the longest running conflicts as you put it then you might need to pick up a history book. I know people want to believe in the myth of black pathology even blacks themselves (unfreaking real!!!!) but this isn’t exclusive to africa. Good day!

    • constance

      Appparently you are offended, I figured that I would offend some people. But what I said was correct. I do not know how you can compare the Arab Spring, the countries of which are in North Africa, current events of Ukraine and Russia to the six milion dead from the Congolese civil war. And I do not think it is a sign of black people accepting their own pathology to mention all of the Civil wars or armed conflict, or whatever it is that you want to call it, that have happened in Africa. Have you never heard of the lost boys of the Sudan or the child soldiers in Uganda ? Unfortunately child soldiers are primarily either in Africa or Asia, they are not a universal phenomenon.

      Obviously, Africans did not invent the concept of war. War happens everywhere, but for some reason conflict seems to linger there.

    • Tonididitonem

      And you are very very wrong. Little boys get recruited into terrorism in the Middle East as young as 12 and are told to be “soldiers of Muhammad” how isn’t that being a child soldier. Once again you’re comparing apples to oranges. These “child soldiers” of whom you speak are NOT part of the government’s military but rather preys of the predatory militia who plan coups and look to overthrow the government. You didn’t offend me at all you merely made yourself look inept in front of everyone about global politics and foreign affairs which is rather unfortunate. So countries like Yemen, Jordan and Syria are african now?! When Iraq struggled with sadam Hussein was it in Northern Africa? You are aware he killed about 700,000 between 1980 till when he was executed right?! How’s that for long lasting. Conflicts do not linger in africa. You’re a problematic person, once who makes up stats and watches Hollywood documentaries then uses this “knowledge” in conversations like they’re supposed to hold weight. Actually hush and listen to a person from there. You’re super silly condemning a whole continent for the grievances of some country. Which aren’t really grievances at all because they don’t affect you. And I’ll bet my last dollar you’re one of those african Americans who whines about racism and stereotypes that white people do to you while doing the very same thing. You’re very very very problematic. Be gone.

    • constance

      No actually, the so called Middle East is in Asia and I did say that Africa was not the only place in the world with child soldiers and no matter if they are working for the government or outside militia groups they are still child soldiers. And I am not making anything up, you can easily google The Congo and come up with the same horrifying information that I did.

      I am actually Haitian American and I frequently asked others about the disproportionate number of black murder victims in the US. Blacks in the US are 12 percent of the population, yet somehow half of the countrys murder victims. I wish someone would explain that to me as well. I have frequently thought to myself that black people have this uncanny knack for killing each other.

      I am not trying to tear anyone down. I cannot be the only person, who has wondered to themselves: ” why are they killing each other, ” when hearing about a suicide bomber in the Middle East for example. I like to question things.

      And again good luck on medical school.

    • Tonididitonem

      Firstly, thank you on wishing me well in school.

      Secondly, I don’t know why you don’t understand that saying stuff like “blacks have an uncanny knack for killing each other” is pathologizing black people. That very statement is the embodiment of pathology. But I will let you think on it and understand why I said so.

    • constance

      I really do not want to keep going back and forth, but I am not one of those black people who likes to ignore problems that exist in our community. I think when you have such a small minority, blacks in America, being the victims of violent crimes, you really have to ask yourself what the source of the problem is ? The sad fact is that gun violence in no other community, including the majority white population, is as severe as the in the African American community. And whites are the majority of gun owners, but blacks are the majority of gun victims. That is a problem that needs to be addressed.

      I remember watching some documentary about black schools and the interviewer asked the students does anyone know anyone who has been shot, well the majority of the kids raised their hands. If that were a majority white school in Idaho, I think the results would have been different. That’s my view.

    • eve-audrey

      In that documentary you watched were those kids living in wealthy or in broken neighborhoods?

      look i am always the first one to say that poverty is not an excuse and i stand by my opinion but you can’t ignore the socio economical facts. If you did a documentary in middle or affluent black neighborhoods ( which do exist in the US) you’d have very different results.

      I think what toni is trying to tell you is that people including black people always want to point out what’s bad about black people when the current situation is more complex than that. Many black people are on the wrong path but many others are doing fine at various levels. The latters are too often ignored. no one is trying to be blind to the ills of many of our communities.

      By the way you are talking about africans and african americans but how is doing haïti?

    • constance

      Haiti, is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Haiti knows that. If someone came up to me and asked me why Haitians are so systemically poor, I would not be offended by it. I am not ashamed to have a Haitian born father and like I said previously, I am not trying to castigate the entire continent of Africa.

      Unfortunately, you can’t have a conversation where legitimate questions are asked about the remarkably high rate of black murder victims and black gun violence without someone sayingx but wait its not all black people. I know that.

      I think that you are confusing me with the Mark Cubans of the America, the ones who either subconsciously or expliclty use black crime rates as a justification for fearing black men. I am not them. I question the high rate of gun violence in Chicago for example, because I would legitimately like the black population to grow and that is never going to happen if our young men do not even live long enough to become fathers.

    • eve-audrey

      Come up with solutions then. Asking why there is gun violence in chicago on a forum is not going to change anything. Many people have done that before.

      Each issue needs a suitable solution you do not solve the boko haram issue in nigeria or the civil war in south sudan the way you’ll solve the issue of black violence in Chicago. Wondering why black people kill each other is useless if you think all those issues are alike.

      Aside from that good for you for being proud of your roots.

    • Tonididitonem

      So now we’ve jumped from african conflicts to african Americans killing each other?! Oh dear. Smh

    • eve-audrey

      The congo is the congo and i hope you are aware that there are two congos and one is faring better than the other. I agree with you on the fact that too often african conflicts kill too many people.

      But again stereotyping a whole continent because of what’s going on in a few countries is wrong. Some african countries are really on the right path now, some countries like senegal or ghana for instance haven’t had a single armed conflict in years.

      yet you never see anyone using them as an example to point out what’s good on the continent. People always want to generalize from the bad apples. If you do not see that then you’re wrong.