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A car packed with explosives exploded in Shagari Housing Estate of Damaturu in Yobe State around noon today.
"The lone suicide bomber detonated the bomb before the car he was in could be stopped, killing the six soldiers and one civilian," Patrick Egbmuniwe, the police commissioner for Yobe State, told Reuters by telephone.
"Another civilian died of his wounds in hospital shortly after."
Witness Abdullahi Sabo said the whole neighborhood shook when the Damaturu bomb exploded.
"The car blew up outside the front of my shop, the explosion was deadly," he said. "After the dust settled, many security operatives were rushed to the hospital."
In a separate incident, police said suspected sect members had shot dead a former commissioner for the environment in neighboring Borno state, the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency, in the early hours of Saturday.