In Nigeria, Manchester United fans electrocuted watching game

Manchester United tweeted its condolences accompanied by a photo of the iconic "Holy Trinity" statue in front of Old Trafford.

Story highlights

  • Calabar is in southern Nigeria
  • Fans watched a Manchester United game

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)At least seven people were killed in southern Nigeria on Thursday night when an electric cable fell on a house where soccer fans gathered to view a match on TV.

The incident took place at a viewing center in the southern port city of Calabar.
Police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo told local media victims died immediately when a high-tension electricity cable fell on top of the makeshift zinc house.
The fans congregated to watch the popular English team Manchester United play in a Europa League quarter-final game against Anderlecht, a Belgian club.
There was initial confusion surrounding the number of deaths with some local media reporting that 30 fans had died.
Nigeria police later confirmed that seven fans passed away in the incident, with 10 seriously injured.
More than 80 people were at the center when the incident occurred around 9:48 p.m. Manchester United won the game 2-1. It was played at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester.
"Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday," Manchester United said in a tweet.
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said he was "shocked and saddened" by the deaths.
In a statement, Buhari's aide Garba Shehu said: "The President commiserates with the government and people of Cross River State, and football fans nationwide over the unfortunate incident."