Officials and witnesses say a car bomb targeting a military checkpoint on a road leading to Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri has exploded and killed all nine people in the vehicle.
It was unclear if any soldiers were hurt in Tuesday’s attack, which was blamed on Boko Haram extremists.
Police deputy superintendent Victor Isuku says preliminary reports indicate that those killed were the driver and passengers in the explosives-laden minivan.
Boko Haram recently has stepped up attacks after a months-long lull caused by a leadership struggle.
The extremist group has killed more than 20,000 people over several years and forced some 2.6 million people from their homes.
On 30 October, the Borno command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, raised the alarm that youths in Maiduguri are now being recruited by Boko Haram to supply fuel in Gamboru Ngala area of the state.
The Commandant of the NSCDC, Ibrahim Abdullahi said the command had intercepted a reasonable quantity of fuel packaged in a carton of groundnut oil, bound for Gamboru Ngala local government area in the state.
He said since Boko Haram are running out of food and other supplies, they have employed all sorts of means to replenish stock.
“The command had so far arrested a suspect, who confessed that he did not know the owner of the consignment that he was asked to deliver to the insurgents trapped in Gamboru Ngala.
“He later confessed that each of the five litres of fuel is sold at N15,000 to the insurgents.
“You will recall we raised the alarm that some agents of Boko Haram were transporting stolen cows from Mafa, Kalabalge and Bomboshe axis in the state to cattle market in Maiduguri.