A fatal bomb blast hit an overcrowded market in the largest Southern Borno town, Biu, had killed many, witnesses report.
The eye-witnesses said injured persons and corpses were being displaced to hospital at the time of this report.
According to Agence France-Presse the attacker was a female suicide bomber.
Today is market day in Biu, about 185km away from Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
It is the first major attack on the town in a long time.
According to a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force helping to evacuate injured persons said many people were killed in the attack.
Another witness said that Boko Haram suicide bomber detonated an IED, killing 8 with several injured.
The local resident Babagani Ali said: “There has been a suicide attack by a female suicide bomber in the market this afternoon.”
Another witness gave similar details but there was no immediate word on casualties.
Local resident reports that there were two women, who later were arrested:
The incident caused confusion at the full market as almost everybody scurried for safety on hearing a freighting bang, witnesses reported.
A seller, Nuhu Usman who was at the market said he barely fled.
” I was very much close to the van that ferried the explosive but I cannot say the whole thing was a suicide mission.
“The vehicle came with some goods and passengers, including a woman but suddenly exploded.
“There was carnage at the scene because most of the victims could not be recognised when we return to offfer help,” he said.
The incident happened when ex-Governor Ali Modu Sheriff was reportedly on his way to Biu.
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