Part of a car used for detonating a bomb is seen at the scene of a blast in Nigeria's northern city of Kaduna.

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Gunmen have shot dead three people in restive northern Nigeria's Yobe State in the latest deadly attacks to hit the region, police said on Tuesday.

The incident happened late Monday in the Dogon-Zare area of Potiskum, the commercial centre of the state.

The assailants stormed the residence of the three men who were believed to be Christian traders from southern Nigeria. Residents said they had lived in Potiskum for many years

“Three people living in a house were killed last night by yet-to-be identified gunmen. The gunmen broke into the house and shot the three men dead,” police area commander Nura Sabo told AFP.

He said no arrests had been made. But the killings appeared to have the hallmark of the Islamist group Boko Haram.

The sect has been blamed for scores of attacks, particularly in the country's mainly Muslim north, that have claimed more than 1,000 lives since mid-2009. - Sapa-AFP