Power line kills fans watching Man Utd v Anderlecht match in Nigeria

Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:47pm GMT

YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Seven Nigerian football fans died when a high-powered electricity line fell onto a building where they were watching Manchester United play Anderlecht on television late on Thursday, police said.

Another 11 people were injured, one of them critically, in in the coastal city of Calabar, an officer added.

A transformer exploded, sending a high-tension power wire falling onto the building's roof during the broadcast of the Europa League quarter final, Tony Ine, a local resident who was walking past at the time, told Reuters.

President Muhammadu Buhari sent his condolences on Friday, as did Manchester United on its Twitter account.

"Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria," the club wrote.

(Reporting by Tife Owolabi; Additional reporting by Alexis Akwagyiram in Lagos and Anamesere Igboeroteonwu in Onitsha; Writing by Paul Carsten; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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