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At least 15 people were killed Tuesday in a suicide blast in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, which has been bedeviled by the deadly Boko Haram insurgency, a witness and a paramedic said - reported the CNN.
The explosion occurred when a homemade bomb, concealed in a van loaded with charcoal, went off at an ever-busy traffic circle outside the city's main market, according to a Twitter account by the Nigerian Defense Ministry.
Witnesses said the blast happened at about 8:00 a.m., when traffic was beginning to build at the roundabout, causing a major fire that engulfed vehicles and shops lining the streets.
Local vigilantes called Civilian JTF, after the special military unit battling Boko Haram, evacuated the victims of the morning blast to the State Specialist Hospital in the city.