A blast rocked a major market in Damaturu, a town in Nigeria’s northeastern Yobe state, on Sunday.
“One cannot ascertain the exact figure of casualties but sources say it’s high because the blast occurred at a market this afternoon,” Rabiu Rabana, a resident of the area said.
“Ambulances have been conveying casualties and the injured,” he said.
It was gathered that the blast occurred when a female suicide bomber who disguised as a passenger in the motor park blew up herself killing many people and injuring several others..
Damaturu has repeatedly been hit by suicide blasts blamed on Boko Haram insurgents.
The militants attempted to capture the town in December of 2014, but were fought back by the Nigerian army.
In a recent video, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed they had taken the city and later left.
Boko Haram has repeatedly targeted the Yobe towns of Potiskum and Damaturu.
For the last five years, Nigeria has battled a fierce Boko Haram insurgency that has ravaged the country’s volatile northeastern region.
A seemingly emboldened Boko Haram recently stepped up its militant activity even further, seizing several areas in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, where it has declared a self-styled “Islamic caliphate.”