World Bulletin / News Desk
At least seven people were killed on Tuesday when a car bomb exploded in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri, a witness said, the latest violence in a region beset by an Islamist insurgency.
The bomb exploded outside the state television offices, civil servant Abubakar Zakariya told Reuters, adding he saw seven bodies and several people receiving medical treatment. It was not immediately clear if the offices were the target.
Another witness said the bomb, which went off around 1:25 p.m., came from a three-wheeled rickshaw taxi, known locally as tricycles.
"I saw two boys on the ground and their bodies cut into pieces, two other cars immediately caught fire and I ran away because there was too much blood," local resident Aisha Hassan told Reuters.
"We just heard the sound and saw the huge smoke coming from a car near a big military post," Lade Ibrahim, a resident of the area, told Anadolu Agency on the phone.
"It is in an area called Post Office, a densely populated and commercial area," added Ibrahim.
"I cannot say precisely how many people died there because everyone ran for cover as soldiers started shooting indiscriminately," said the eyewitness.
"But I saw at least four people lying unconsciously while a few others were screaming with blood covering their body," he added.
Ibrahim said there were wailings by some women in the area, suggesting that they may have lost relatives in the explosion.
Maiduguri is the capital of Borno state and the focal point of an insurgency being waged by Boko Haram fighters.
President Goodluck Jonathan has been trying to crush Boko Haram's four-year rebellion with an intensified military campaign since May last year. Violence had been largely confined to more remote rural areas in recent months.Last Mod: 15 Ocak 2014, 10:03