Breaking news: 17 dead in Nigeria market bomb attack

File photo: a relic of Boko Haram bombing in Kaduna

File photo: a bombed area in northern Nigeria

No fewer than 17 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a busy market in Maiduguri, capital of the northern Nigerian state of Borno, the state police chief said on Tuesday.

“From our preliminary reports, we have 17 dead and at least five injured from the blast in the post office area” of the city, Lawan Tanko , the police commissioner said.

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He warned that the toll could rise.

It is not clear yet whether the bomb was planted by the Boko Haram insurgents.