Estimated Reading Time: <1
Blood-spattered people were seen fleeing and vehicles crashed into each other, while soldiers fired automatic weapons.
A suicide bomber is suspected of being behind the blast, reportedly near a market.
The Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, has carried out numerous attacks in the region.
Its campaign of violence is aimed at imposing Islamic rule in northern Nigeria.
The military confirmed to the BBC that an explosion had occurred in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, but did not give a figure for casualties.
An eyewitness said he had seen what appeared to be dead bodies on the ground, and another spoke of seven fatalities.
A second car is reported to have been set on fire by the blast. Details are still sketchy.
On Sunday, suspected Boko Haram militants are reported to have attacked a market in the village of Kayamula, also in Borno state. Five traders were killed.
The group was also blamed for an attack on 20 December on a military barracks south-east of Maiduguri.
Content Credit: BBC
- Uber, Bolt drivers in Lagos threaten to begin strike on Monday
- Photos: Royal Funeral for Prince Philip as he’s laid to rest at Windsor Castle
- One dead as bandits attack police checkpoint in Taraba
- COVID-19: ‘Forcing people to be vaccinated is immoral’ Bishop Oyedepo says
- Nigerian Government drill boreholes in Buhari home state to avoid the spread of Covid-19
- Odua self-determination rally suffers setback as police surround venue in Ibadan
- Dogs to complement security arrangements in Katsina boarding schools
- Breaking: University of Ibadan releases 2020/2021 Post-UTME results
- Nigeria Medical Association denies ties with criminal bandits of Zamfara
- Peru’s former president, Martin Vizcarra, banned from holding public office