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Nigerian crowd attack Sudan soccer team over AU troops death

October 8, 2007 (LAGOS) — A crowd of hostile Nigerian soccer fans attacked a bus carrying members of Sudanese soccer club over the weekend for what appeared to be a response to an attack on African Union (AU) forces in Darfur.

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AMIS personnel pay their last respects over a coffin of a peacekeeper during a funeral ceremony in El Fasher, Darfur, on Oct. 4, 2007 (AMIS)

Last Sunday visiting Al-Merreikh of Sudan lost to Dolphins FC of Nigeria 3-0 in their final group B match in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Seven Nigerian soldiers were among 10 AU soldiers killed last Saturday in the troubled region of western Sudan.

Nigerian crowd threw stones at the bus driving on its way to the stadium and blocked its passage. The soccer fans were holding pictures of the Nigerian soldiers killed.

None of the Al-Merreikh players or members were hurt following the incident.

(ST)