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
While watching United v Anderlecht, 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 second leg, Tony Ine, a local resident who was walking past at the time, told Reuters.
President Muhammadu Buhari sent his condolences on Friday, as did United on their Twitter account.
“Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria,” the club wrote.