Two bombs exploded at a crowded marketplace in northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri last night, many are feared killed and wounded

MAIDUGURI: Two bombs exploded at a crowded marketplace in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri last night, and many are feared killed and wounded in the birthplace of the Boko Haram extremist network, witnesses said.

Bloodied people screaming for help were running out of buildings billowing with smoke, they said. Trader Mallam Samalia said some people were blown apart.

The second blast caught people trying to help those injured in the first explosion in the Bintu-Suga neighborhood of Ngomari suburb, he said.

It appeared to be a car bomb, from a pickup truck loaded with wood, Samalia told The Associated Press by telephone.

It was the first attack in months in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state and the headquarters of a military force tasked with suppressing the four-year-old Islamic uprising that has killed thousands.

More than 300 people were killed in February alone in attacks increasing in frequency and deadliness, all in the neighboring states of Yobe and Adamawa.