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Deadly Explosion in Northern Nigeria

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A car bomb has exploded in northern Nigeria, and initial reports say there could be many casualties.

Tuesday's blast took place in a busy area of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

A witness told Reuters news the blast left at least seven people dead.

There were no immediate initial claims of responsibility.

Maiduguri is the home base of Boko Haram, a shadowy Islamist militant group blamed for thousands of deaths over the past five years.

In December, the militant group claimed responsibility for an attack on a military base in Maiduguri.

The defense ministry said more than two dozen insurgents were killed in a shootout between soldiers and militants at the base.

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