The blast occurred in a market in the town of Konduga in Borno state, a region that has been plagued by violence from insurgent groups such as Boko Haram. According to reports, the explosion was caused by a bomb that was hidden in a cart and detonated by remote control.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, though officials believe that Boko Haram, who have carried out numerous similar suicide bombings in the past, were likely behind it.
The Nigerian government has condemned the attack and vowed to continue its fight against terrorism. President Muhammadu Buhari said that the attack “will not break our spirit,” and urged citizens to “stand firm in the face of terrorism.”
The attack is the latest in a series of bombings in the region, including a similar bombing in the city of Maiduguri last week that killed at least 30 people.