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Female suicide bomber kills many at Maiduguri market in northeastern Nigeria

  • Red cross officials carry a body at the site of a bomb explosion in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Friday, July 31, 2015 . A woman suicide bomber killed many people at a crowded market early Friday in a blast that thundered across the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses said.  (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

    Red cross officials carry a body at the site of a bomb explosion in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Friday, July 31, 2015 . A woman suicide bomber killed many people at a crowded market early Friday in a blast that thundered across the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses said. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)  (The Associated Press)

  • People inspect a damaged tricycle at the site of a bomb explosion in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Friday, July 31, 2015 . A woman suicide bomber killed many people at a crowded market early Friday in a blast that thundered across the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses said. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

    People inspect a damaged tricycle at the site of a bomb explosion in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Friday, July 31, 2015 . A woman suicide bomber killed many people at a crowded market early Friday in a blast that thundered across the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, witnesses said. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)  (The Associated Press)

  • People clear up at the site of a bomb explosion, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Friday, July 31, 2015 . A woman suicide bomber killed many people in a blast at a crowded market early Friday that thundered across Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, witnesses said. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

    People clear up at the site of a bomb explosion, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, Friday, July 31, 2015 . A woman suicide bomber killed many people in a blast at a crowded market early Friday that thundered across Nigeria‚Äôs northeastern city of Maiduguri, witnesses said. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)  (The Associated Press)

Witnesses say a female suicide bomber has killed many people at a taxi rank at a crowded market in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri.

There was no exact death toll from the explosion early Friday at Gamboru wholesale vegetable market, where rescuers are still recovering bodies.

Trader Bukar Shettima says he saw "nauseating corpses and battered bodies littering the ground" before he ran away.

It's the latest in a string of suicide bombings and village assaults that have killed hundreds in recent weeks.

It comes a day after the Defense Ministry appointed Maj. Gen. Iliyasu Isah Abbah to command an 8,700-strong regional army to curb the Islamic uprising that has spilled across Nigeria's borders. It has killed some 20,000 people in six years and driven 2 million from their homes.