At least four people died and eight others were wounded in a suicide bombing in a northeastern Nigerian state capital, the latest in a string of attacks in Maiduguri in the past week that have killed dozens.
The device was detonated outside a mechanic’s workshop at about 5 p.m. local time on Wednesday, said Aderemi Opadokun, the police commissioner of Borno state, in a phone interview. As many as eight people died in the blast and another 18 were wounded, according to witnesses including Abba Aji, a vigilante group leader.
Northeast Nigeria has been the hardest hit during a six-year insurgency by Islamist militant group Boko Haram. On Tuesday, an explosion at a livestock market in Maiduguri left at least 50 people dead, while a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in the city on May 30, killing 26 people.
The attacks in Maiduguri have accelerated since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in on May 29. Buhari said he will continue to need military cooperation from neighbors during a visit on Wednesday to Niger, which along with Chad and Cameroon has contributed troops to a regional force fighting Boko Haram.