At least six people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at a market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Friday, said Mohammed Kanar, an emergency agency official.
A woman set off the bombs when she was being searched before entering the city’s Gamboru market at about 6:30 a.m., Hassan Ibrahim, a member of a pro-government vigilante militia, said by phone from the Borno state capital. Eleven others were injured and taken to hospital, Kanar, the northeast coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, said by phone.
While nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, Islamist militant group Boko Haram has been waging a six-year insurgency to impose their version of Shariah, or Islamic law, in Africa’s most populous nation, killing thousands and displacing more than 1.5 million people.
After recapturing the town of Dikwa last week, the Nigerian army said there was no area in Borno that was still under the control of Boko Haram. The militants are still able to mount attacks and then retreat however, Colonel Tukur Gusau told reporters in Maiduguri on June 25.