Maiduguri - A bomb blast hit a busy market in northeast Maiduguri on Tuesday, killing at least eight people, and troops announced the arrest of a businessman suspected of helping Islamist militants to carry out attacks including the kidnap of over 200 schoolgirls.
Witnesses said the explosion of a suspected vehicle bomb on a road adjoining the market in Maiduguri wrecked cars and taxis which were unloading passengers and wares. They said a suicide bomber carried out the attack.
"I saw police and troops picking out victims," said Alakija Olatunde, a student who rushed to the scene.
An attendant at Maiduguri General Hospital said eight bodies had been brought in by civilian volunteers.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.