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Fans watching Man United v Anderlecht electrocuted and killed in Nigeria

Man United have tweeted a tribute to fans in Calabar, Nigeria, who were killed while watching their Europa League game against Anderlecht last night.

Thirty fans were killed at around 9.30pm local time when a nearby transformer exploded twice, electrocuting 30 fans, according to Vanguard.

A high tension wire snapped and dropped on the viewing centre which was made of zinc.

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State Police Public Relations Officer Irene Ugbo confirmed the accident, saying: “We have heard of the incident, some of the people were rushed to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital for treatment.”

An eye witness fan told Vanguard: “We were all inside watching the match when we heard the first explosion from the transformer; the heavy sound caused panic because some people shouted and ran out.

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“After a while, we came back into the viewing centre to continue with the match. Shortly, we heard another heavy sound and when some people tried to run away from the centre, they were affected.”

United’s Twitter account said: “Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday.”