7 killed as bombing targets taxi in Borno

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A local official says at least seven people have been killed in an explosion targeting a taxi in northeastern Nigeria’s largest city.

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Bello Dambatta, an emergency response official, says six people were killed at the scene of Wednesday’s attack and another died at a hospital. He says at least four people were injured.

It is unclear if a bomb had been planted on the taxi or if a passenger detonated explosives after boarding. The explosion occurred as the taxi approached a gas station.

Northeastern Nigeria is the epicenter of Boko Haram’s seven-year uprising that has claimed more than 20,000 lives.

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Maiduguri city had been spared deadly bombings in recent months as soldiers were able to shoot suicide attackers before they reached their targets.

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