Maiduguri - Police in Nigeria say seven people have been killed by gunmen from a radical Islamist sect as they attacked a neighbourhood in the northeast.

Borno state police spokesperson Samuel Tizhe said on Thursday that the shooting started late on Wednesday night in Maiduguri. That's the city where the sect known as Boko Haram once had its main mosque.

The gunfight began at a bakery.

Tizhe said the gunmen shot dead five bakers before shooting a customs service officer and a man selling drinking water.

The group Boko Haram is blamed for killing more than 430 people this year alone in Nigeria. - Sapa-AP