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Nigeria: Explosion in Jos

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Champions League fans targeted in Nigeria (file photo).

An explosion near an open-air venue packed with soccer fans watching a televised game has shaken Jos, Nigeria.

It was not immediately clear late Saturday if there were casualties. Early reports said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who died.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

Double car bombs in Jos on Tuesday killed at least 130 people. Those attacks were blamed on Boko Haram, an Islamist group that has terrorized Nigeria for the past five years. The group has claimed responsibility for last month's kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls, and is blamed for thousands of killings.

In recent weeks, Boko Haram has stepped up the frequency and intensity of its attacks. Earlier this week, Nigerian lawmakers extended a year-old state of emergency in the northeast, where the group has been most active.

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