5 people have been reported dead after a bomb explosion in a market in Maiduguri on Friday morning.
Several others were injured in the attack, which was allegedly carried out by a female suicide bomber.
The attack occurred around 6:30am, according to a member of a youth vigilante team.
“The bomb was detonated by a woman who arrived the market pretending as if she was one of those that come early to buy vegetables. The woman arrived in a tricycle at about 6:30 am on Friday at Gamboru market where a wholesale trading of fresh vegetables are made,” he said.
The suicide bomber was said to have detonated her bomb at the tricycle park.
“The blast occurred near the entrance of Gamboru Market where operatives of commercial tricycles park to pick passengers that go to buy different kinds of fresh vegetables brought in by local farmers for onward sales in their different stalls. The woman had come on a tricycle like every other person who come very early in the morning to make purchases at the market does,”a witness said.
The information officer of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Northeast Zonal Office in Maiduguri, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, confirmed the blast, and promised to relay casualty numbers when confirmed.