A suspected female Boko Haram suicide bomber blew herself up at the busy market in Maiduguri, killing at least eight people, on Friday morning.

The attack took place at the Gamboru market in Maiduguri, and at least 11 people were injured in the bomb blast.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) coordinator Mohammed Kanar told Today that the emergency crews were alerted about the incident at around 7 am. 

"The explosion happened in a tricycle which was heavily damaged and the impact of the blast affected three other vehicles which happened to be driving past the tricycle at the time the bomb detonated," said Kanar. 

The blast reportedly took place near a tricycle parking area in the market.

Igbokwenu Radio reports the female suicide bomber pretended to be a trader at the busy market and triggered the blast in the centre of the market.

Although Boko Haram is yet to take responsibility for the attack, it is strongly believed that the blast was carried out by the Islamic group's fighter.

Maiduguri is a hotbed of Boko Haram activity, and in recent weeks, the group has killed hundreds of people.