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One arrested after Nigeria soccer bombing: military

ABUJA--Nigeria's military on Monday said it had made an arrest in connection with the bombing of a soccer match that killed at least 40 people.

“A key suspect in the terror bomb explosion that rocked Kabang community in Mubi, Adamawa state ... has been arrested by troops who cordoned (off) the area in swift response to the explosion,” defense spokesman Chris Olukolade told reporters.

A police officer, a nurse at the hospital where the dead and wounded were taken and residents told AFP that at least 40 were killed in the blast, which happened at about 6:30 p.m. (1730 GMT) on Sunday.

Muhammad Hassan, a Mubi resident who was at the match, said the blast appeared to come from within the crowd of people who were walking across the pitch and heading home after the final whistle.

“Women and children were caught up in the blast,” he said.

Suspicion for the attack immediately fell on Boko Haram Islamists.

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